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What is the Islamic ruling on using a pain relief gel with alcohol for wudu?

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my grandfather has severe backache due to osteoporosis…doctor gave him painkillers which he doesnt want to take due to side effects…….he askd to be given a medicin he can rub (goldshield phorpain gel)…unfortunately it has got alcohol in it (hydroxyethyl cellulose, benzyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol)
iv heard some alcohols are synthetic so it doesnt effect wudhu…im not sure if the above are or not……..my grandfather says if it was2 be applied on the foot hed use it coz itd get washed off in wudhu…but he doesnt feel right to use it on his back coz it will be there while he is in salah…
he has some indian oils which are ok for mild pain but doesnt giv him relief wen its bad…so he says these are alternatives wich means it will not be permissible to use the doctor prescribed alcohoeld rub.

he suffers alot with the pain wich he says he’l deal with instead of doing something disliked.
wot is (islamically)the best thing to do? and wot is the allowed thing to do?and are the above types of alcohol in medicin permissble in the first place?
i know theres a long queue of questions but i hope u can answer relatively quicky as theres no point him suffrin if it is ok and permissble.

jazakallah lots

Assalamu alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh
I am very sorry to hear about your Grandfather’s severe back problem. May Allah give him health with speed.

It will be permissible to use such alcohols as they are not derived from dates or grapes hence not impure. He can pray with such medicines on the body.
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