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Sep 1, 2009 01:21 PM

HELP -- My fingers are throbbing from cutting jalapenos!

Okay, so I guess I'm an idiot. I knew I had to chop about a dozen jalapenos and it just never dawned on me to wear gloves. DOH (slaps forehead)! And now I'm paying for it. I've tried cold cream. I've tried ice water. I've even dunked my hand in half-and-half.

Any helpful tips out there? My fingers feel like they are on fire.


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  1. I've done that more times than I can tell you. And I know it hurts like shiznit, I'm sorry!

    Cold cream (like Ponds) or sour cream seem to help me most. There are a lot of other suggestions on this older thread:

    ETA: Half and half seems to work according to a lot of online reports, but only if you keep your hands covered in it. Don't wash it off under water or the pain will return. (Same deal with cold cream, which I just realized you already said you'd tried -- sorry. It needs to stay on your hands.)

    I'm also seeing a lot of mentions for hand sanitizer. Hopefully you have some of that around.

    Really hope you feel better, fast.

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    1. re: cimui

      Thank you. The link was helpful. I put veg oil on and now soaking in 1/2n1/2. The oil is helping the dairy "stick" so maybe that's why it's working better. Too bad I ate all the Fage last night!

    2. Well don't slap your forehead ;)

      My grandmother swears by yellow mustard.

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      1. re: lawgirl3278

        Or touch Other Parts, or heaven forfend, your eyes.

      2. Liquid soap works well for me, keeping the capsaicin from transferring to more sensitive body parts. Hmmm, never had tingling finger tips myself from prepping chile. OTOH eyes and nose are another story....

        BTW congrats - sounds like you actually can still get spicy jalapenos rather than the monster bland ones that now dominate here.

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        1. re: DiveFan

          Soap didn't do it for me. I got the jalapenos from the farmers' market. I just hope the salsa I'm canning isn't too too spicy!

        2. << DOH (slaps forehead)! >>

          I think you got away lightly from a second potential injury.

          The oils which carry the capsaicin do not dissolve in water. Try alcohol instead, or any industrial hand cleanser / degreaser.

          1. I get "hunan hand" quite a bit as I don't like cutting them w/ gloves on. My experience has been that it usually isn't worth the various remedies, and just deal with it.

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            1. re: jgg13

              Vinegar and lemon juice both cutthe oil in chilis that carries capsaicin