I used capsaicin liquid on my elbow about ten hours ago. When I took a shower and washed the application site it caused extreme heat and redness on my skin.
How do I neutralize capsaicin topical liquid that has been applied on the skin?
I found a solution! I bathed the area with vinegar and within minutes it stopped the intense burning, and after 30 minutes the redness was gone. Thanks to all who responded to my question.
The most common side effect of capsaicin use is a feeling of warmth and stinging, or a sensation of burning after application. This sensation is related to the action of capsaicin on the skin and is to be expected. Approximately 50% of patients will experience some mild to moderate stinging or burning. This sensation usually diminishes after the first few days of application and in most cases will disappear with time and continued use.
Methods used to reduce this sensation include:
Avoid taking a hot bath or shower just before or after applying capsaicin cream.
Try to keep cool, do not wear tight clothing or become too warm as heat may increase the sensation.
Maintain your recommended or prescribed dosing schedule as reducing the number of doses you use each day will not lessen the sensation and may lengthen the period of time that you get the sensation.
Try some milk on the area, as that helps with burning caused by hot peppers. That is what the active ingredient is made from in this med. wet a cotton ball with milk and put it on the area, if it burns worse, seek medical attention. Patti
Vinegar/apple cider vinegar/milk all work! I was out of vinegar/milk so i used apple cider vinegar. I put my feet (where I applied the capsaicin cream) in the tub and poured a little bit over the affected area. I reapplied 2 mins later, gentle rub, fresh cool water rinse and lo and behold, done deal :)
Note: Do not go for the aloe vera! (contraindicative, cooling,,, Yea... Not!!! ). When in doubt, no computer access, contact local law enforcement training officer or unit, they constantly train with capsaicin.
My mom, this website, 50 years of trial and error, law enforcement and Combat Search And Rescue swimmer/crew chief.
Mistakenly used Capsazan for a hemmeroid cream... BIG MISTAKE!!!
Vinegar as suggested above helped a little but sour cream really did the trick and nearly instantly!!
Feel sorry for the hemroid cram guy but white vinegar helped but if you can't find any I also recommend wd40 it cools it down and helps get rid of the oil
I suffer from chronic pain in the joints which include the knees, wrists, elbow, back, neck. It must be from my Army days of humping it for miles with my ruck. The VA gave me Trixacian HP which is a .075 capsaicin lotion for pain when it flares up.
I made the mistake of vigorously appling it it to my hands, wrist, and elbows last night before bed after a shower. When I woke up around 5am, I found those areas feeling like they were on fire.
I ran across this site to say the apple cider vinegar does help relieve the burning sensation. I also used sour cream after which took the burning sensation away as long at it was cool. I still have a slight burning sensation, but not like before. I may re-apply above later if the burning becomes intense again.
I hope this helps for whomever has made an honest mistake like I did. I think I will stop using this cream. It does work, you won't feel joint pain, but the cost is to painful to bare.
Best of luck,
I was ill advised to put this on a shingles rash. The capsaicin cream ended up making shingles feel like nothing. I never experienced so much pain. Putting the affected area in front of a fan helped greatly, then we found some greek yogart in the fridge. That worked great.
I mixed baking soda and sour cream in a 2:1 ratio and applied for immediate relief. I refrigerated the rest to reapply as needed.
I applied a thick baking soda and water solution to the impacted area on the back and sides of my right calf. I followed it with an application of 2% milk. There was immediate relief, but in 15 minutes, the burn was back. I then wiped it down with white vinegar. It feels so much better! Thanks to all who submitted answers.
Dr prescribed zostrix for my husband to put on desired areas of back and neck for headaches, I applied the ointment bare handed - nothing bothered me.. well in his sleep he sweated all that hot ointment onto my right arm I woke up in tears from the burning, it felt like someone had a butane torch hovering over my arm. So at 2:40 am I washed my arm with dial soap 3x and patted dry . I didn’t feel any relief but I laid back down to wait, about 15 minutes later it finally went away.
Dial soap with cold water solved it just realize it is not immediately that you will notice - give it a few minutes to cool off
White Vinegar applied with a sponge worked best for me. It took the immediate deep hot away. I reapplied several times when it felt like it was heating up. Washing the area in cool water & dawn dish soap before the vinegar was probably a mistake as I felt like it spread the hot area. After washing with soap & water, I tried putting yogurt on the spot which felt good, but as soon as the yogurt was at body temp It started feeling hot again & It did not neutralize the area. I feel like the vinegar stopped the level of burning & the burning became less after each application. I wish I had read about the vinegar solution first.
I rubbed a lot of this stuff on my knee and it proceeded to burn VIOLENTLY. I used apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil soap, dish soap, Benadryl, baking soda and nothing worked UNTIL--- NEUTRAGENA ACNE FACIAL SOAP!!! if you have a face soap it usually tries to get rid of the oils. INSTANT RELIEF!!
What worked on both the skin and the mouth? Hydrogen peroxide.
It turns out that peroxide reacts with capsaicin molecules, changing their structure and rendering them incapable of bonding with our receptors. Peroxide works even better in the presence of a base like baking soda: We found that a solution of 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda, 1 tablespoon of water, and 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide could be used to wash the affected area (or as a mouthwash (swish vigorously for 30 seconds) to tone down a chile’s stinging burn to a mild warmth. (Toothpaste containing peroxide and baking soda is a somewhat less effective remedy.) Always keep peroxide, baking soda, and toothpaste away from your eyes. Found this remedy at cooksillustrated.com/how_tos/6651-lessening-a-chile-peppers-burn-on-skin-or-in-mouth
A must read!!
- Capsaicin Information for Consumers
- Capsaicin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Capsaicin (detailed)
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