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Sep 19, 2010 06:38 PM

Jalapeno stuck on my fingers!

I made stir fry yesterday and used fresh jalapenos. I pulled out the ribs and seeds with my hands (didnt' have any clean spoons). Since that time I have washed my hands dozens of times. But if I put pressure on the tips of my fingers they still sting!!

Has anyone else had this experience? When does it go away?

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  1. It should go away in a day or two.

    1. ah, you've learned the hot little lesson that it is wiser to clean a spoon than to feel the burn.

      1. Take a couple of tylenol to ease the pain. If you have some toothache gel or antibiotic ointment with lidocaine in it, or sunburn spray, you can apply that to your fingers and it'll help too, temporarily.

        I did the same thing once... with serranos. Won't make that mistake again.

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        1. re: LauraGrace

          I've also done this...with habaneros...and then rubbed my eyes...and then went to the bathroom... and then gave a good shake. Ow ow ow ow the pain!

          1. re: joonjoon

            Habaneros and wiping my nose. Oh sweet flaming nostrils of destruction. Never again. Yowza.

        2. Eat ice cream with your fingers! It might work, and will definitely be fun.

          1. Wow! You people have such gentle little fingers! ;) As a contact lens wearer, the danger for me is touching chili seeds and guts and then having to remove or insert my lenses. I made that mistake once and it will never happen again! I've never felt skin pain from them myself, but maybe you could try rubbing a little bit (or a lot) of milk into your hands. I figure this might work since drinking milk helps when eating capsicums.

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            1. re: Jemon

              I've made the contact mistake and the urination/genitalia mistake and used a common kitchen towel before the capsicum was properly cleaned from my fingers and spread the problem to others.

              bad houseguest/kitchen helper. now I use a tiny fork and a keep a sink full of soapy water ready anytime peppers are being sliced.

              sorry I'm no help for the present trauma!

              1. re: hill food

                Hahaha, I made the genitals mistake too, I just didn't mention it!

                1. re: Jemon

                  yeah, discretion can be an important quality...(ouch!)