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Temporary, foul smelling, pain relief!
Mentholatum Deep Heat Spray
Member Name: brightlight
Mentholatum Deep Heat Spray
Date: 20/11/11, updated on 20/11/11 (206 review reads)
Advantages: Relatively cheap, provides some pain relief
Disadvantages: Overpowering smell, uncomfortable at first
I bought this product on a recommendation from a friend after I strained a muscle in my shoulder. My partner also used the product as he had a bad back which he thought may be muscular in nature.
~ What is Deep Heat? ~
Deep Heat is a topical heat rub, which can be used to treat and provide some relief to rheumatic pain, backache, and muscle sprains.
Deep heat is manufactured by Mentholatum and it is claimed that the spray can be used for the relief of pain in muscles, tendons, joints or bones, lower back and thigh pain, sprains or strains. Many people use Deep Heat before or after exercise, with the aim of preventing pain or straining.
~ Packaging and ingredients ~
Deep Heat spray comes in a simple aerosol can, which is bright red in colour, to represent the logo on the front of the can, which says 'Deep Heat.' The letters are cleverly designed to look like they are melting. The most commonly available can size is 150ml, which costs approximately £4.26.
You can buy Deep Heat from most reputable chemists, such as Boots and Superdrug. In addition you can buy Deep Heat from many leading supermarkets. Deep Heat can also be purhased in patch and gel form.
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~How to use Deep Heat Spray ~
It really is very simple. You shake the can well before use and hold the can over the desired area. Hold the nozzle at least 15 cm away from the area and spray in 2- 3 short bursts, without massaging. You can use the spray up to 3 times per day. You should not spray the facial area and you shoud not inhale. It is recommended that hands are washed after use.
After you use Deep Heat you will notice that the area you have sprayed tingles and changes to a red colour, as if the skin was flushed. You will also feel the heat build up on the area.
You can usually get about 20 applications of use from one 150 ml can, depending on the size of the pain site.
Deep Heat appeared to have some effect on my painful shoulder, however the pain relief for me lasted only about half an hour. My partner said that for him it lasted a little longer.
What I didn't like about Deep Heat was the overpowering smell, of what I can only liken to germoline or similar. It absolutely reeks! Furthermore, the smell seems to hover about, it does not dissapear quickly. It sticks to your clothes and furniture.
In addition I appear to be sensitive to the spray as I turned bright red (I have pale skin) and it felt like I had mild sunburn which was rather uncomfortable. It doesnt affect my partner as badly, but it does make him itch.
So in a nutshell, Deep Heat is effective for short term but immediate pain relief, however it is very smelly and it does not last very long.
Summary: Good for short term and quick pain relief