The start of the school year is just around the corner, and that means many young athletes will be returning to their preseason practices and games. With fall sports prep will come the inevitable aches, pains, bumps and bruises. Now’s the time to stock your sports first aid kit with medicines that address issues specific to your child’s activity. This is especially important if your child is participating in a contact or endurance sport.
You’ll want to have Arnicare Gel in your kit to help relieve minor muscle pain and stiffness, swelling from injuries and bruising.* The active ingredient in Arnicare is Arnica montana, a type of mountain daisy, that has been used for centuries as a pain reliever. An added plus is that Arnicare offers topical pain relief without a strong medicinal smell and it’s free of artificial colors, perfumes or parabens.
“As with all topical medicines, you have to review the drug facts on the packaging and take caution not to apply Arnicare Gel too frequently or too extensively on areas of the body,” says Boiron Pharmacist Christophe Merville. “Applying a thin layer of the gel on the affected area three times a day is enough to provide adequate relief of muscle aches, stiffness, and bruising.”
Dr. Merville adds that if your star athlete is feeling achy all over after a tough practice or game, then you’ll also want to have Arnica montana oral pellets on hand.* Recommended for everyone 2 and up, Arnica pellets will not cause drowsiness (so they’ll be alert for post-game activity) and it can be used safely in combination with the topical gel.
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*Claims based on traditional homeopathic practice, not accepted medical evidence. Not FDA evaluated.