Three Uses for Ibuprofen You May Not Have Thought About

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  • 21 October 2013
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    Three Uses for Ibuprofen You May Not Have Thought About

    People commonly use ibuprofen to relieve headaches or pain in their muscles. What many people don’t realize is that ibuprofen can be used to relieve a number of other minor illnesses. Here are three examples of symptoms ibuprofen can treat that you may not have thought of:

    1.  Altitude Sickness

    Many people get sick easily when they are at high altitudes. These could be hikers, skiers or tourists that travel high above sea level and start to feel nauseous or light headed. This is called “altitude sickness.” Well, people that suffer from altitude sickness rarely ever know that ibuprofen can relieve their symptoms. What researchers have found is that the thinner air of higher altitudes will make a person’s brain swell up. Then the low oxygen levels will force the body to get the missing oxygen from its fluids instead. This causes the symptoms of altitude sickness. Ibuprofen has been found to relieve these symptoms temporarily.

    2.  Minor Skin Inflammation

    We have all gotten some kind of inflammation on our skin from time to time. This could be an inflammation caused by getting burned, poor diet or physical injury. The signs of inflammation are quite easy to notice because you will see swelling, redness and may even functional problems on that body part. Most people will tell you to put some ice on it or just let your body heal it in time. You could go to a doctor and they will prescribe you an anti-inflammatory drug, but this is not necessary. Ibuprofen can act as an anti-inflammatory drug by reducing inflammation. This is also the reason why ibuprofen is so good at treating headaches because it relaxes the nerve cells that get worked up from inflammation, which reduces the amount of pain you feel from it.

    3. Menstrual Pain

    Ibuprofen has been shown to offer relief for many women suffering from menstrual pain.  Instead, it is simply better used as a pain reliever because it can relieve all kinds of pain, even menstrual pains. Ibuprofen is similar to aspirin because they both relieve headaches and reduce fevers. However, aspirin is usually prescribed more by doctors because it helps thin out blood platelets in the body, which helps prevent blood clotting and heart attacks. Ibuprofen, on the other hand, doesn’t thin out the blood so much as reduce swelling.  Swelling is usually one incident that occurs during and just before the menstrual cycle.

    Yes, ibuprofen has many uses but many doctors suggest being very careful with using it.  Ibuprofen has been known to cause kidney damage in prolonged use of high dosages.  Since it is an over-the-counter medication, most people don’t even go to a doctor before using the drug.  We would suggest you consult your physician before beginning any kind of regimen involving ibuprofen.

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