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Ann Emerg Med. 1995 May;25(5):713-5.

Contact dermatitis associated with capsaicin: Hunan hand syndrome.

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University of California-San Diego Medical Center, Department of Emergency Medicine, USA.

Abstract

"Hunan hand" is a contact dermatitis resulting from the direct handling of chili peppers containing capsaicin. Capsaicin also is found in an over-the-counter topical agent for treatment of postherpetic neuralgia, diabetic neuropathy, and arthritis. We present the case of a patient with capsaicin-induced dermatitis and discuss the pathophysiology, therapy, and current uses of capsaicin.

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PMID:
7741356
DOI:
10.1016/s0196-0644(95)70188-5
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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