counterirritant

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a medicine applied locally to produce superficial inflammation in order to reduce deeper inflammation

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The OTC preparations are formulated with low concentrations of various drug mixtures, such as local anesthetics, vasoconstrictors, astringents, antiseptics, emollients/protectants, counterirritants, keratolytics, and wound healing agents.
But the treatment of the disease by the physicians of 1832 was to use counterirritants and astringents, which only made the patient worse.