Capsaicin Patch Therapy should only be performed by a qualified consultant and the therapy is used primarily for those suffering from neuropathic pain. Capsaicin patches contain high strength Capsaicin and they are applied to the affected area for a period of around 60 minutes and the capsaicin is absorbed into the skin from the patch. This helps to desensitise the nerve endings and repeated treatments can lead to a significant reduction in the neuropathic pain experienced. Patients should start to feel an improvement in their symptoms within 10-14 days and the treatment can be repeated after 90 days if necessary.
In some cases, patients can find the treatment painful due to the high strength of the medication, in which case, ice packs may be applied to the treated area.