Ha, I just saw the place to enter a title. I don’t REALLY have to do that…do I?
Ok, maybe I should, just for future reference.
There, I gave it a title. (Ha, you didn’t look up to see what it was did you? I did when I proofed this before publishing it. Ha ha ha @ me.)
A few days ago my elbow was complaining and so I rubbed/rolled on a little bit of Icy Hot Medicated from the No Mess Applicator. I’d used it on my husband’s shoulder and neck and he had no complaints, so after a quick double check of the ingredients, I put a bit on and went about my housework.
A couple of hours later, I was sitting here at the computer and noticed my elbow was burning and growing “hotter” by the minute and turning red. I washed the Icy Hot off with soap and water and the cold water seemed to take away the burning for a bit, but it soon returned. I searched online for a remedy that would work and found nothing that proved reliable (yes, I did try them).
The only active ingredient listed on the applicator is menthol. Menthol is cooling. At least every experience I’ve ever had with it has been. I knew there had to be something else in it that did not appear on the applicator.
The Icy Hot website was no help, so I tried Walmart’s site and was able to pull up the backside of the box it comes in and found listed in the INACTIVE ingredients something that was quite a surprise to me.
In the INACTIVE ingredient list? Really? Anyone who has ever eaten anything with Capsaicin in it knows it is NOT an inactive ingredient.
Once I knew what I was dealing with, the remedy was easy – milk. I poured a bit of milk on a cloth and held it on my elbow for about 10 minutes and when I removed it all was well. No more burning!