Irritation or mild inflammation produced to relieve inflammation of underlying or adjacent tissues.

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Examples from the Web for counterirritation

Historical Examples of counterirritation

  • Following this when conditions improve, as in the handling of all similar cases, counterirritation is indicated.

    Lameness of the Horse

    John Victor Lacroix

  • Blisters are applied to the skin for the purpose of obtaining the effect of counterirritation upon a neighboring region or organ.

    Special Report on Diseases of Cattle

    U.S. Department of Agriculture