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Q&A: What to Know About Doctor Hoy's & Analgesics

 Doctor Hoy’s natural topical analgesics

Common Questions About Doctor Hoy's & Analgesics Explained

Looking to try something new for your pain? Doctor Hoy’s is a natural topical analgesic that offers clean, safe, and effective relief for a variety of aches and pains. Whether you need a better way to relieve muscle soreness, or you already use and love Doctor Hoy’s gels and creams, this article will help answer your most frequently asked questions about analgesics and Doctor Hoy’s.

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What is an analgesic?

Analgesics are medications that help relieve pain from a wide range of conditions and injuries from headaches and joint pain to soreness after surgery. Some analgesics can be ingested orally as a pill while other administration methods include injection and topical.

There are two main groups of analgesics: anti-inflammatories, which are often over-the-counter pain relievers, and opioids, which require a prescription. Anti-inflammatory analgesics help reduce inflammation and swelling at the site of pain. These are often safer to use and less controlled, since opioid analgesics, or narcotics, usually have more significant side effects.

How do topical analgesics work?

A topical analgesic is a type of anti-inflammatory you apply directly to your skin to help relieve pain. They come in the form of gels, creams, sprays, and stick-on patches. Topical analgesics can be used to alleviate musculoskeletal pain like arthritis and neuropathic pain like neuropathy. 

Many topical analgesics work on the gate control theory of pain. This means they help block pain signals from reaching the brain to reduce the amount of pain you feel. Depending on the ingredients, topical analgesics can have additional benefits.

How does Doctor Hoy’s work?

Doctor Hoy’s products use natural ingredients like menthol, camphor, and arnica to deliver fast-acting, long-lasting pain relief. The active ingredients in Doctor Hoy’s Natural Pain Relief Gel and Arnica Boost Recovery Cream are listed as topical and external analgesics by the Food and Drug Administration.

Our Pain Relief Gel combines the comforting warmth of camphor with the cooling sensation of encapsulated menthol which features a unique time release technology that lasts for hours. Both our topical analgesic gel and cream also contain powerful arnica, a natural anti-inflammatory that relieves pain by decreasing inflammation and promotes faster healing.

Man applying Doctor Hoy’s topical analgesic cream to knee

What are the benefits of Doctor Hoy’s Natural Pain Relief?

Doctor Hoy’s uses powerful, natural ingredients to provide soothing pain relief so you can stay active all day long. Our non-toxic and paraben free formula is clean, safe, and effective, alleviating aches and pains without the unwanted side effects of NSAIDs.

Our water-based topicals absorb quickly for fast relief and dry clean without staining your clothes. You can choose from hands-on application, or our easy-to-use Roll-On Pain Relief Gel. Doctor Hoy’s is safe for repeated use by adults and children over the age of two.

Woman applying Doctor Hoy’s roll on topical analgesic to shoulder

What is the difference between Doctor Hoy’s vs Biofreeze®?

Doctor Hoy’s pain-relieving formula outperforms the competition while using only effective, natural ingredients for hours of relief. It is free from color dyes and safe for multiple applications, so you can experience relief from conditions like arthritis, back pain, ankle sprains, and more for longer.

There are other competitors, like Voltaren or Aspercreme®, that use NSAIDs or aspirin derivatives to resolve pain and inflammation. Doctor Hoy's is NSAID-free and has no aspirin derivatives, giving you effective relief that's natural and safe.

Can I use Doctor Hoy’s Pain Relief Gel with Arnica Boost?

Yes, you can use Doctor Hoy’s Pain Relief Gel with our Arnica Boost Recovery Cream. The two topicals are effective when used alone or together in layers.

Is Doctor Hoy’s safe to use on sensitive skin?

Very rarely does using Doctor Hoy’s result in skin irritation. Our formula features natural skin softening agents like aloe vera, essential oils and flower extracts with Vitamin E to help protect and hydrate the epidermal layer of your skin. If you have sensitive skin, we recommend applying the product to a small area before normal use.

Not sure what to try first? Our topical analgesic cream, Arnica Boost Recovery Cream, is unscented and has no sensation, making it ideal for people with sensitive skin as well as use on more sensitive areas of the body. You can also consult your physician or dermatologist about using Doctor Hoy’s.

Person applying Doctor Hoy’s topical analgesic cream to wrist

Does Doctor Hoy’s have an expiration date?

Yes, Doctor Hoy’s topical pain relievers expire about two years after the manufacture date. Our topicals use natural ingredients which can break down sooner than lab-created synthetics but are safer for your body. The expiration date for Doctor Hoy’s helps ensure the best in effectiveness and quality.

Where can I buy Doctor Hoy’s?

You can buy Doctor Hoy’s online or find our products at a store or wellness center near you. Click here to use our store locator. Have questions while making your order? Our customer service representatives are happy to help you complete your purchase and answer any questions you have. Contact us by calling 888.237.3668 or email us at

Are there Doctor Hoy’s coupons, sales, or discounts?

Save on your favorite Doctor Hoy’s pain relief topicals when you order online with our Bundle & Save discount. We also feature seasonal sales, discounts, and our topicals are FSA/HSA eligible, giving you plenty of opportunities to save on clean, safe, and effective pain relief. Get access to more savings when you order Doctor Hoy’s and sign up for our email alerts.

More on Doctor Hoy’s

Have another question about Doctor Hoy’s Pain Relief Gel or Arnica Boost Recovery Cream? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more about our clean, safe, and effective natural pain relief products.


Cleveland Clinic. (2021, March 22). Analgesics: Uses, Treatment, Risks. Cleveland Clinic.

Topical Pain Relief: What Is It + How Does It Work? (2019, September 12). Cleveland Clinic.

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