“Intranasal Capsaicinoid Spray”
Rhinitis is inflammation of the inside of the nose. Symptoms of rhinitis include itchiness, sneezing, and a "runny" nose (rhinorrhea). There are many different causes for rhinitis, including allergies, age, different irritants in the air, overacting nervous system, and others. Many current treatments for rhinitis are not helpful or are unable to be used for long periods of time. Capsaicin ("Kap-Sey-Uh-Sin") is a natural product that is found in many spicy foods, including hot peppers. This natural product has been used as a lotion to prevent pain, and scientists have found that it may reduce the symptoms of rhinitis when used as a spray in the nose. However, capsaicin is known to cause a burning sensation. This study is needed so we can figure out what doses of capsaicin cause this burning sensation, and to what level these doses cause discomfort. Capsaicin can also cause a small degree of tearing from the eyes when used as a spray in the nose, and can also cause the nose to become "runny" (rhinorrhea). When the safest dose of capsaicin spray is found, that dose can be used to treat people with rhinitis that is not getting better from standard treatments.
This is a tolerability study on doses lower than previously published for the use of intranasal capsaicinoid in the treatment of rhinitis
Tolerability of Intranasal Capsaicinoid Spray