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does zostrix (capsaicin) or other hot-pepper creams provide relief for tn?

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Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine 31 years experience
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 relief. Worth a try. More common treatments are pills and procedures. Acupuncture may help. Talk with your doc for strategies that will work best for you. Hope you're feeling better.
Dr. Michael Gofeld
Pain Management 32 years experience
Usually doesn't : Topical creams are ineffective for tn.

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