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How can capsaicin cream help treat knee pain?

Akash Bajaj, MD
Anesthesiology

Capsaicin is the ingredient found in different types of hot peppers that makes the peppers spicy. You can eat it in raw or cooked peppers or as a dried powder, which you can add to food or drinks. It also is available as a dietary supplement and in topical creams that you apply to your skin. Capsaicin cream can also be obtained from your pain management doctor in the form of a patch or cream

When a capsaicin cream or ointment is used on the skin, it helps relieve pain. Capsaicin works by first stimulating and then decreasing the intensity of pain signals in the body. Although pain may at first increase, it usually decreases after the first use. Capsaicin stimulates the release of a compound believed to be involved in communicating pain between the nerves in the spinal cord and other parts of the body.

 

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