If you suffer from jaw pain, there are several different ways to reduce your suffering. If over the counter pain relievers haven’t helped, or you would prefer not to use them as often, capsaicin cream is a good alternative. This product is available over the counter and is very safe to use.
What is Capsaicin Cream?
Capsaicin cream is an over the counter pain reliever that you apply to your skin to relieve muscle and nerve pain. Recent studies have shown that capsaicin cream might also help lung cancer. The main ingredient is the compound that makes chili peppers hot – capsaicin. It might cause a mild burning sensation when you use it because of this.
Can I Take Supplements or Eat Spicy Food Instead?
If you don’t want to rub the cream on you, capsaicin is also available as a dietary supplement. If you love spicy food, you can also opt to eat more spicy foods to control your pain. Unfortunately, capsaicin supplements and eating more spicy food can cause more potential interactions with certain medications than using the cream.
What Does Capsaicin Help?
Capsaicin can help relieve pain associated with:
- Joint conditions like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
- Migraines and headaches
- Muscle sprains/strains
A high-dosage capsaicin patch is approved for post-therpetic neuropathy treatment but not for other forms of neuropathy.
Unfortunately, not everyone responds to capsaicin creams or supplements. If you use it for several weeks and don’t notice a difference, it probably won’t work for you.
Potential Dangers of Capsaicin
Even something as natural as capsaicin can cause potential side effects. In most cases, it’s viewed as safe to use however there are a few concerns that it may lead to adverse side effects for people who suffer from high blood pressure or who take blood pressure medication. There are also reports of the cream causing serious skin burns, although the FDA claimed these as rare. We recommend talking to your doctor before using capsaicin.
Drug-Free Jaw Pain Relief
If over the counter pain relievers don’t help your jaw pain and neither does capsaicin, there are other treatment options available. At Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics, we can provide you with a drug-free TMJ treatment to relieve your jaw pain. To find out if this treatment is right for you and if we can help, please call our Spokane dentists at Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics at (509) 532-1111.