Hot Pepper Cream: Burn That Pain Away!

by Leigh Ann Otte, Managing Editor

If “rub it” seems like sissy advice for your throbbing cluster headaches, aching back or worrisome arthritis pain, perhaps “burn it” will do the trick?

Capsaicin creams and sprays burn away the pain, so to speak, with the same chemical that makes peppers hot. These medicines make your body use up the substance triggering your pain. Integrative medicine physician Andrea E. Gordon explains in our article “Capsaicin Treatment: How Hot Peppers May Help Burn Away Headache and Arthritis Pain.”

Of course, the question is, is the cure worse than the treatment? In some cases, maybe; in others, maybe not, says Dr. Gordon. One thing’s for sure: Don’t get it in your eyes. “Capsaicin oleoresin is an oily extract used in pepper self-defense sprays!” Dr. Gordon says.

You can find capsaicin treatments in your pharmacy, but some applications require a health-care provider’s supervision. (Read the article for more on that.)

Have you tried capsaicin cream or spray? What was it like? Did it work?

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5 Responses to “Hot Pepper Cream: Burn That Pain Away!”

  1. Judy Rodman Says:

    I have tried it… and it does indeed work! (Got some Absorbine on for a backache right now). Do have to watch not to touch my face:)

  2. Leigh Ann Otte Says:

    Thanks for the review, Judy. I can imagine that it wouldn’t be pleasant if you did touch your face. :-)

  3. rajfernandes Says:

    Thanks for the information. I have a pain in low back and in the upper right shoulder. I applied pain relief creams, got relief but it was only temporary. I want to know can this hot peeper creams give a long term solution for my pain. Do I need to consult a mesa az family doctor?

  4. Ted Says:

    It works well for arthritis. Also, make sure you wash your hands before going to the bathroom! Not fun on sensitive areas!

  5. Leigh Ann Otte Says:

    Thanks, Ted. And … ha!

    Leigh Ann Otte
    Managing Editor, MyFamilyDoctorMag.com
    Leigh Ann Otte recently posted..What Does Green Snot Mean 12 Cold and Flu FAQs

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