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Human Studies

2020 Aug 11

Eur J Pain

Smell and taste dissociations in the modulation of tonic pain perception induced by a capsaicin cream application.


Cecchini M P, Riello M, Sandri A, Zanini A, Fiorio M, Tinazzi M
Eur J Pain. 2020 Aug 11.
PMID: 32780473.


Pain is a subjective experience characterized by sensory (intensity) and emotional (unpleasantness) aspects. Although literature reports behavioral effects on pain due to smell and taste influence, to our knowledge the relationship between tonic pain induced by a capsaicin cream and these chemosensory systems has never been explored before. The aim of this study was to investigate the modulation of olfactory and gustatory substances having different valence on tonic pain perception mediated by a capsaicin cream application.