New way to relieve sunburn pain?

July 7, 2011

A study from England has isolated a molecule in sunburned skin that triggers the pain. It's called CXCL5.

What the molecule does is activate sensory nerve fibers to cause pain and tenderness. Authors reporting in the journal Science Translational Medicine say targeting the molecule could lead to new pain relievers.

The finding may even help researchers better understand how pain works in other inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and cystitis.

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