The Treatment of Periocular and Facial Pain with Topical Capsaicin

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Abstract

This article describes the effects of topically applied capsaicin (a nociceptive substance-P suppressor) in patients with neuropathic periocular or facial pain. Peripheral neuropathic pain is a major cause of periocular or facial discomfort and usually follows injury to a subcutaneous peripheral nerve. Though the damage is local, the pain tends to radiate. We studied three patients who complained of a 2− to 30-year history of fluctuating pain in the periocular area. All three had an area of point tenderness that responded to the topical application of capsaicin cream.

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