DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide) has been used to treat arthritis, general inflammation, skin conditions, eye problems, bunions, fungus issues, calluses, keloid scars, facial tics, scleroderma, shingles, herpes, high blood pressure, bladder infections ― and the list goes on. The anti-inflammatory properties of DMSO have long made it a go-to product for professional athletes, and it has been used extensively for animals, particularly horses.
Many folks apply DMSO topically on joints affected by arthritis. However, extreme caution must be applied to the simple procedure of topical application. DMSO penetrates the skin to go directly to the blood stream, and as a solvent, it takes other chemicals with it. That means that whatever is on the skin when DMSO is applied will be carried directly into the blood stream. Some savvy street drug users have learned to use DMSO as a delivery system for illicit drug use instead of injecting them via a needle.