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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ron Jones
Dr. Ron Jones answered
44 years experience in Family Medicine
My option capzacin: Cazacin actually blocks a neuropeptide called substance p which is released when a cell is damaged and carries the pain message to the brain. Icyhot ... Read More

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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
38 years experience in Pain Management
Zostrix (capsaicin): This is only applied on intact skin. Never in eyes, or any orifice like mouth etc... Never apply on any skin lesion or on any open skin wounds or infe ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pierre Moeser
Specializes in Rheumatology
Yes: Capsaicin creams contain contain pepper compounds. There may be a slight burn initially but these compounds may also help minor arthritis pain.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
38 years experience in Pain Management
ZostrixThis: Yes - in fact we now have a 6% patch called Qutenza in the usa.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience in Rheumatology
Rarely: If the problem is mild and localized you can try it. The chances of benefit are small.
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Myra Skluth
34 years experience in Internal Medicine
Yes: It blocks the release of substance p from pain fibers.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
31 years experience in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
No: I am not aware of the use of zostrix (capsaicin) for arthritis pain.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vicki Levine
40 years experience in Dermatology
Different uses: Zostrix (capsaicin) is a cream that can be used to treat post-herpetic neuralgia-pain that last for 3 months after shingles has resolved. Acyclovir cr ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francine Yep
30 years experience in Family Medicine
Hot pepper chill out: Trigeminal nerve pain? Capsacain puts the hot in chili peppers and raises our pain threshold so things don't hurt as much. Some folks have reported re ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience in Infectious Disease
Infection v. pain: Acyclovir cream is a cream containing an anti-herpes drug. It's sometimes used to treat cold sores, though it's less effective than oral anti-herpes d ... Read More
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