HELP!!! :Sign Help: HELP!!!
Did I say Help?
Here is my story.
My skin is not broken, blistered or inflamed. I went looking for Capsaicin first in the health food store (because I was there); the only formulations they had included a lot of other ingredients, but not the concentration of Capsaicin. So I went to the drug store. There were two concentrations. One came as roll on; definitely the one for me — no chance of getting it in my eyes! Odor Free and No Touch Applicator. 0.15%. Bingo. I bought it.
Wednesday night I decided to try it on the top of my right foot (a spot about 3" diameter) and the end of my index? toe (whatever it's called). It burned. It burned a bit worse than the pain I was trying to eliminate, but if this will work in the long term I'm all for it. That's all I used of it.
Today, I was still noticing a little bit of stinging feeling where I applied the Capsaicin, not bad, but different than usual. Still okay.
Just a short while ago I got in the shower. This is a day and a half later. The very warm (not really hot) water on the top of my foot started burning quite a bit. It got so uncomfortable that I ended up trying to keep that foot out of the water, and then doing a flamingo while leaning against the shower wall. Not okay.
Now, 15 minutes later, the top of my foot is quite red (and my big toe is a little whitish). It feels a little sunburned-like, but not bad.
I'm glad I only tried it on one foot.
Help! Did I already say Help?
I just don't get it. :innocent1:
I don't know what you used and I don't know how different various brands are. I use Zostrix HP (high potency) which is a white cream.
They should include with the capsaicin an insert that explains certain things to you like the fact that water, especially hot water, turns the heat on again just as it does if you try to cool off your mouth with water after Mexican food! In fact, I use this to my advantage by reactivating the capsaicin on my face with hot water so that one application = 2 treatments.
I once heard from a woman on a message board who rubbed capsaicin all over her legs, panicked at the sensation of heat and jumped into a shower to scrub it off! Then she called 911. True story. She did not read the package insert.
And, just as people who heat hot food all the time become inured to the heat, so those who shmeer it on their skin also become inured. I don't feel much heat when I put it on now but in the beginning, with a lower strength, I have stuck my face in the freezer. And, once, having forgotten the whole water thing - I've made every capsaicin mistake known to man - leapt from a hot shower, opened my window which was just above the sidewalk on a busy street and stood there, wrapped in a towel with my bright red face thrust out into a snowy January afternoon.
Now, I slather it on and cover it with saran wrap to turn up the heat. What this illustrates, at least on my face with Zostrix, is that the sensation of heat is not actually burning me. In fact, my skin seems to look nicer for using it and any redness is temporary. I have never had any lasting redness or soreness or anything like that.
It seems strange to me that the capsaicin you used on Wednesday would be stinging on Friday. That just doesn't seem right to me. I'm wondering what they put it in and if whatever that is is irritating or... something. The reawakening of the heat is totally normal, though.
Well, my dear, what are you going to do?! I've only ever used Zostrix so can't comment on anything else.