Here's something unusual: While at an Asian restaurant this past week, the skin between my index and second finger on my right hand became fiery hot and red after eating spicy red vegetable curry. My skin felt like it was on fire underneath. Since I don't usually eat spicy foods, it was stunning to see the reaction. At first I thought the reaction might turn into an eczema episode, but my skin settled down and went back to normal in a few hours, and I immediately applied Benadryl creme, which might have helped.
At first I thought that this incident was very bad for my eczema prone skin since it looked like the spicy food had aggravated the nerves under my skin. But then I wondered if the opposite might be true--what if heating up the nerve endings under eczema prone skin aids in furthering the healing process. I did some research on spicy foods and inflammation and found this article. The author notes:
“This protein, known as TRPV1, not only senses spicy foods, but also makes it possible to feel real heat and the pain and inflammation related to other medical conditions,” said Wensel, senior author on the study.