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?
Added 25 Jun 2012:
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.
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.
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,
- Capsaicin Information for Consumers
- Capsaicin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Capsaicin (detailed)
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