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Sep 24, 2006 03:50 AM

HELP... fingers are burning from cutting jalapenos. Remedies?


I just chopped some jalapenos today and now my fingertips are burning quite badly.

Anybody know of any remedies? Looked online but found nothing. Maybe I'm not putting in the right search words.

I'm not sure where to post this message so put in in this board.



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  1. wash hands in bleach. do not touch private areas or eyes.

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    1. re: dylafleur

      Hmmmm......I don't have bleach, except toilet bleach aka Lysol toilet bowl cleaner. Is that safe? I'm so desparate!

      Anything else? Tried soaking fingers in milk and yoghurt and ice water. Nothing helped.

      1. re: gtrekker2003

        I love jalepenos but apparently my fingers don't. First time washing & chopping Jalepenos yesterday, after an hour or so my fingers started burning. I tried sour cream and lemon juice (not fresh lemon) as suggested in this site but didn't help. Then I thought of trying Vaseline and surpringly it worked. I rubbed it all over my fingers and the burning was gone almost instantly.

        1. re: mihir1980

          I used white vinegar & it worked almost immediately!

      2. re: dylafleur

        Mustard! I tried everything and mustard and the bleach WATER were the only things to work. Cool water not ice water and elevate your hands.

        1. re: momofthree1

          Mustard Mustard Mustard!!! Worked great.. That and cool water. Gloves next time for sure...

      3. no don't do it with the toilet bowl bleach.

        try lime juice or if not white vinager will help.

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        1. re: dylafleur

          Thank you! The fresh lime juice worked for me, immediately.

        2. Capsaicin is alcohol and oil soluble, I think. Haven't tried it, but soaking your fingers in rubbing alcohol or vegetable oil might provide some relief.

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          1. re: Chimayo Joe

            More precisely, it is soluable by alcohol and fat (but oil is a fat).

            1. re: Chimayo Joe

              Wanted to thank everyone for their contributions to this thread - 5 hours after working with chillies de arbol for a Bobby Flay recipe my fingers were burning. Dousing them with rubbing alcohol worked like a charm. Gloves next time!!!

            2. i wish i could help...
              during culinary school that happened to me and they were burning for hours and hours with terrible pain! i kept putting my hands in cold cream but i would have to keep replacing the cream with fresh every few minutes. an awful experience i'll never forget.
              i hope you found a good solution.

              1. No remedy, but next time get some cheap, diposable latex gloves--a box of 50 is around $5 at any drugstore. I'm very sensitive to capsaicin, I was uncomfortable for 24 hours after slicing and de-seeding just two jalapeƱos, so I sympathize.

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                1. re: rootlesscosmo

                  2nd this. I have seriously hurt myself like this before. It's not fun :(

                  1. re: IndyGirl

                    Even less fun when you forgot about cutting the peppers with your bare hands a few hours earlier and go to take out your contacts.

                    I now always use gloves, or if I am out of those I will stick my left hand in a grocery store produce bag and handle the pepper with that.

                  2. re: rootlesscosmo

                    I'm going to suggest not latex, but nitrile rubber gloves. no latex allergy and they're more sturdy, plus they don't smell like latex- a big plus in my opinion