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#1 of 34 Old 03-27-2008, 11:32 PM - Thread Starter
 
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What works (besides using gloves to cut them next time)? I was cutting fresh jalepenos and now I have "hunan hands"! They burn sooooooo baaaaaaaaaad! Yeeeeeeeeooooooooow!
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Fat. Rub any kind of oil on them...
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Whatever you do don't touch any mucus membranes. Not your eyes, mouth and be careful if you need to go to the bathroom. I'd try washing them in milk, that always works to drink when I eat too many.
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First off, take a deep breath.

It's a nerve response. There's no actual damage being done.

Okay, now run around in circles and wave your hands in the air while you scream.

Now . . . do you have a favorite CNS depressant? One that is safe for you to use? A bit of alcohol? A first generation antihistamine? Something that will slow down or dull the firing of your nerves?

My husband tried everything and eventually settled for vodka. Applied internally, albeit sparingly.

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the stuff that makes hot peppers hot is soluble in fat and alcohol, so either of those will make it better.
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Whatever you do don't touch any mucus membranes. Not your eyes, mouth and be careful if you need to go to the bathroom. I'd try washing them in milk, that always works to drink when I eat too many.
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don't use your diva cup after chopping peppers
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I'd pour vegetable oil all over your hands, rub it in, then wash it off with a good dollop of dishwashing liquid.

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the stuff that makes hot peppers hot is soluble in fat and alcohol, so either of those will make it better.
Yeah, so when you're drinking that shot of tequila to numb the pain, be sure to spill some on your hands.
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Yeah, so when you're drinking that shot of tequila to numb the pain, be sure to spill some on your hands.

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...run around in circles and wave your hands in the air while you scream.
My husband tried everything and eventually settled for vodka. Applied internally, albeit sparingly.
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You could... send them all to me to chop for you. And then eat.

Sorry to laugh. I'm sorry for your pain. I hope one of the PP's answers helps you. I just had jalapenos for dinner for the first time in a while and I'm jonesin for more heat. Good luck to you!
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LMAO!

The only benefit I see to this affliction is that now I don't have to change my dd's poopy diaper that she's making!

Ok, I've tried soap and water. Petroleum Jelly. Ice Water. OxyClean! Calamine Lotion. Anti-Itch lotion from our bout with chicken pox. Everything works for about 1-4 minutes and then they burn all over again.
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Ok, I've tried soap and water. Petroleum Jelly. Ice Water. OxyClean! Calamine Lotion. Anti-Itch lotion from our bout with chicken pox. Everything works for about 1-4 minutes and then they burn all over again.
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Honey, I don't think they're burning from the pepper juice anymore...
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This happened to me a couple of months ago and nothing helped me exept just pouring hand sanitizer all over my hands and rubing them together. I had to re-apply every 5 minutes for like an hour but it did stop the burn. I went through half a bottle of Purell.
I'm sorry that this is happening to you. I can really feel your pain. Try the hand sanitizer and see if it works for you,
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Ouch! a spoonful of straight honey cools a spicy tongue--maybe it would help your hands? What about that numbing spray, um...solarcaine (?), like for sunburns? Or even teething gel or chloroseptic spray?
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Honey, I don't think they're burning from the pepper juice anymore...
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Now I have a real excuse for why I'm not putting out tonight....
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LMAO!

The only benefit I see to this affliction is that now I don't have to change my dd's poopy diaper that she's making!

Ok, I've tried soap and water. Petroleum Jelly. Ice Water. OxyClean! Calamine Lotion. Anti-Itch lotion from our bout with chicken pox. Everything works for about 1-4 minutes and then they burn all over again.
I think you'd have been better off alternating the petroleum jelly and the soap and water, and not bothering with any of the other items.

You probably now have chemical burns from the oxiclean.

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Once, I touched my eyeball after chopped jalapeños. Talk about ouch. It felt like my eye was burning out of my head.

I once had pepper burns for a few days after seeding and chopping 2 lbs for jelly....
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lavender oil externally, vodka internally. cover all your bases!

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I had a similar experience once, and I drenched myself with milk. It worked!

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Now I have a real excuse for why I'm not putting out tonight....
Yes! DH made salsa once and then later on we were fooling around...yeah, it was bad. Plus we were at his parent's house...

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Milk? Doesn't that work, rinsing your hands in milk?

I'm not sure, but I seem to recall that from "Good Eats" or something.
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Now I have a real excuse for why I'm not putting out tonight....
You laugh, but one night while drinking on a camping trip my husband ponied up to the BBQ pit to show off his kevlar tongue. He ate this stuff called "Spider Bite" by licking a dollop the size of quarter off the palm of his hand. Well fast forward to later that night, back in the trailer, after having a few drinks, and we were getting frisky...

We emptied two coolers of ice, and the entire 30 gallon water tank. I sat over the wet bath toilet with the shower nozzle between my legs while he kept wrapping ice cubes up in paper towels so I could pack them in there.

You wanna sober up really quickly? Douche with hot sauce!

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I would try mixing soap with some coffee grounds and washing with it.


I always wear gloves when cutting peppers. All the "I burned my X after chopping peppers" horror stories in TAO are enough to make me very cautious about it.

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I had a similar experience once, and I drenched myself with milk. It worked!
Yep I was going to suggest milk or yogurt. Vinegar works for heat burns, so maybe some vinegar as well, but I think the lactic acid is what takes out the hot pepper heat. Here's some info for ya.

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Capsaicinoids are not soluble in water, but very soluble in fats, oils and alcohol. This is why drinking water after accepting a dare to eat an extra hot Habanero Chile won't stop the burning. Downing a cold beer is the traditional remedy, but the small percentage of alcohol will not wash away much capsaicin. To get some relief from a chile burn (can't think of a good reason not to "Enjoy the heat"), drink milk or eat ice-cream. Milk contains casein, a lipophilic (fat-loving) substance that surrounds and washes away the fatty capsaicin molecules in much the same way that soap washes away grease.

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Well, the burn is pretty much gone. I think the best remedy was TIME! The only burning feeling I have now is under my thumb nails where it started. And my hands are terribly dry from all the different things I tried. That's where some Eucerin will come in handy. Thanks for keeping me laughing through this ordeal!

My dh still probably won't be getting any tonight....
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My dh still probably won't be getting any tonight....
Wattya talking 'bout? Ski gloves are SOOOOOOOOOOO sezzy. Nothing gets through ski gloves!

Frankenstein never scared me. Marsupials do. Because they're FAST.
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Wattya talking 'bout? Ski gloves are SOOOOOOOOOOO sezzy. Nothing gets through ski gloves!
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You wanna sober up really quickly? Douche with hot sauce!
Now THAT needs to be a DDDDC!
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milk. i was a cook for many years. everyone always said and swore by milk.


maybe its the fat?
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WHOLE milk. you need the fat.
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