A nasal spray containing an ingredient from hot chili peppers is helping to clear certain types of sinus inflammation.
The spray was used on people with nasal congestion, sinus pain and sinus pressure for a period of two weeks.
The group who used the spray reported faster relief, on average within a minute of using the spray.
Researchers at the University of Cincinnati, led by Dr Johnathan Bernstein, say the results are a “significant advance because we don’t really have goo therapies for non-allergic rhinitis.”
“Basically we concluded that the spray was safe and effective on non-allergic rhinitis.
The condition is not caused by allergies but by environmental factors like weather, household chemicals or perfumes and in some people the trigger is no known.
The spray’s active ingredient Capsaicin from the chili is also the active ingredient in several skin medications for temporary relief of pain.
The study appears in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.