Are there any creams for rubbing or massages
which also help relieve the burning sensation??? Physician suggested, Woman tested!
Updated: Sunday, August 24, 2014 05:55:55 PM
- The usual creams mentioned are the hot chili pepper ointments, such as Zostrix or
Capsacin or Capzasin-HP. These are sold over the counter in drug stores, usually with the
arthritis ointments. Use rubber gloves when applying, as it is hard to get off hands. Use
several times a day. The severe burning sensation resolves with repeated use. Additional
pain medications may be necessary until that happens.
- One gently massages Capzasin cream on the bottoms of her feet every night to ease the
burning sensation. It doesn't sting or burn in any way. She does this in the bathroom so
that she can thoroughly wash the ointment off her hand to prevent it from accidentally
getting into her eyes. Then, she wears a special pair of old scuffs into the bedroom to
keep the cream off the carpet and lays the scuffs by the bed. In the morning she takes the
scuffs back to the bathroom for the next night. If she forgets to use the cream, she
immediately notices its absence when trying to go to sleep. A tube is about $8.
- Another tried using Capsacin on her feet, but they burned so bad that she was up half
the night with water running on her feet; it took about 24 hours to wear off. She suggests
that you use it very sparingly at first, on a small area, to be sure that you can tolerate
- "Vitamin E,A&D Moisturizing Cream" which is very inexpensive at most drug
stores. After using liberal amounts of the cream for a time period, she realized her hands
were less numb and prickly and so started using it on her feet (bottom of foot and top of
toes) with the same results. She uses the cream faithfully 3 times a day: after her
morning shower, midday, and then just before getting in bed. The skins absorbs the
vitamins from the cream which helps to heal the nerve endings damaged by chemo. It may
take a while, but be patient. She is now able to paint china and do many household chores
that weren't as easy as before.
- Wintergreen alcohol (70%) with 12 aspirins in each bottle rubbed on the feet twice a day
soothed the burning and throbbing. The wintergreen alcohol may be obtained from a
pharmacist without a prescription.
- Helichrysum Essential Oil is used in Europe to regenerate tissues and nerves. It is sold
by Young Living Essential Oils, 250 Main St., Payson, UT, 84651; 800-371-2928; or click on
"product line" and then "single oils" at their web site http://www.youngliving.com
- Other oils used for massages and rubbing are lavender oil or castor oil.
- One woman rubs her feet 3-4 times per day with a cream made of Amitriptyline (2%) and
Baclofen (2%). The pharmacist makes the cream in varying strengths, which can be applied
to areas of the body which are affected differently.
- A cream which contains St. John's Wort (hypericum) is ordered directly from Homeopathy
Supply in Berkeley, CA.
- Bag Balm, which was originally developed to use on cow udders, is quite helpful for
moisturizing the skin and for use as a massage tool.