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I feel so #@%*%$#@ stupid..... I have been working with Jalepenos - sliced 5 of them - took out most of the ribs and seeds - I have worked with them before and have never had this reaction - I can't imagine they are anything but jalepenos - my nose is running like crazy - without my even feeling it - the bridge under my nose is burning up - I had been coughing so much I was worried about choking this seems to have subsided. SUGGESTIONS PLEASE!!!

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  1. LEAVE THE AREA THAT YOU HAVE BEEN WORKING IN - the oils and fumes are in the air.

    Take a shower - do not touch your hands to your eyes. Soak and dab your hands - and your nose bridge - with full fat milk. It breaks down the volatile oils.

    If that doesn't work - sweetie, you need to get to the doctor asap!

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    1. re: happybaker

      smilingal: I hope everything's okay with you. Jalapenos, and other peppers can be almost totally tasteless and bland or fiery hot. I've chopped up some jalapenos which, when I tasted, were almost exactly like green bell peppers.

      This is such a usual occurrence - at various times of the year - that my Spanish teacher taught me to say "Los jalapenos estan blandos? Caliente?"

    2. Dawn dish detergent is the best thing to take capsicum off skin and mucus membranes (I was a law enforcement instructor in that area), including eyes. If that sounds too painful (which if it's bad enough you'll do anything to get it to stop), baby shampoo and sugar combined also works. Milk works if you've got it in your mouth. But no matter what you use, be sure to clean thoroughly. If not, the next time you get sweat, you will burn again (seen it!)

      1. thanks for your suggestions. I did drink some milk and washed hands and face a few times with soap. The best thing was eventually, after settling down, being able to fall asleep. This morning my face isn't burning but my fingertips still are slightly. That was a wild experience, frightening and painful. One that will surely teach a lesson. GLOVES!

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        1. re: smilingal

          ouch been there. If I don't have any gloves I put my hands inside plastic bags.

          1. re: smilingal

            Glad it's better--a little aloe will help the fingers feel better.

            1. re: smilingal

              I've had a similar problem, and looked it up online when my fingers were still burning several hours later. I'd soaked in milk and yoghurt, washed with different soaps and dishwashing soap and even toothpaste (desperation!). One recommendation online was to use lemon juice, as the acid neutralises the burn. So I cut up a lemon and squeezed with/onto my hands. It worked!

            2. Be sure you're not standing over the sink if you put the remains down the disposal!

              1. Glad you're feeling better!
                Whatever you do, do NOT touch your eyes or nasty bits ;-)

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                1. re: monavano

                  or your cat's face.

                  in the past, but ho, my poor little guy!

                2. I had a similar problem last week, though, I think, not as severe!

                  I was cleaning a mess of jalapenos, and when I was done, I didn't even think and blew my nose. I must have gotten the stuff on the tissue, because my whole face tingled, and the longer I did NOT touch it, the more it started to sting.

                  And honestly, I finally went to the kitchen and smeared some sour cream on my face.

                  My husband laughed at me (just a little, and I deserved it) and the dog kept trying to lick me, but it did help. :)

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                  1. re: Krislady

                    Sorry that happened to you but glad I'm not the only one.

                  2. OP - that sounds awful, glad to hear you are feeling better.

                    I had a similar incident once. I cleaned and chopped a fairly large quantity of hot peppers in the morning and went on to do load after load of handwashed dishes and cleaned the house (without gloves, my hands were in and out of hot, soapy water all day long) before taking a shower.

                    Sitting down with a glass of wine prior to our party guests arriving, I rubbed my eyes and POW! Not only could I not see, my face also felt like it was on fire. I was so shocked that the oils were that strong that they hung on all day.

                    1. A few years ago I cleaned a bunch of dried chilies and I thought my fingers were on fire. I was up most of the night with my hands in a bucket of water after trying every desperate home remedy I read about online, even harsh bathroom cleaners. Almost went to the ER, but everything I read online said that they can't do anything I hadn't already tried. Since then I've had two natural childbirths and I can confidently say the chilies were worse!

                      1. I soak whatever body part that got contact with milk and/or thick yogurt. Looks ridiculous, but works. And I did it with bhut jolokias just last week, even tho' I have a full box of gloves. Not too bright, I guess.

                        1. I get a lot of requests for my jalapeno poppers which I truly dread making. I wear glasses anyway, which helps and I tie a bandana around my head to cover my nose and mouth, otherwise I cough nonstop. I also ALWAYS wear gloves and when done and I turn the gabage disposal on, I race from the room (after covering most of the sink with a chopping block, leaving just enough space for the water to get into the disposal. What a pain in the a$$.

                          1. Since you typed the question while still 'infected', don't touch your keyboard without gloves. Clean the residual oils from the keys.

                            1. Be aware that this may happen to you again. I used to be able to cut up as many peppers as I liked with no reaction. Then I did a huge amount one day for salsa and was in terrible pain. Ever since, I've had to be very careful. Even a little exposure will smart all night. Interestingly I can still eat spicy food without any issue or change.

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                              1. re: loraxc

                                WHY DO YOU EAT SUCH THINGS THAT CAUSE THIS KIND OF PAIN?!?!?!

                              2. thank you all for your replies - at least I don't feel like such a jerk! It really is an amazing experience - one that you can't even imagine unless you've experienced it - I, too, was considering going to the ER but felt like an idiot and had read on line that it does eventually subside. What really was awful was the way my nose just ran - like a water faucet - and I didn't feel it at all - and even if I blew my nose - it continued to flow. Bizarre! And the fact that I had made this particular dish before (which by, the way, is outrageous - OT - but you should try it ) without any issues!

                                Fish Taco Platter - Bon Appetit January 2006 --- on Epicurious.com

                                Thanks again - and enjoy the recipe - it is FANTASTIC! make ALL the components

                                1. Ever want to clear out a room in a hurry, get a pan really hot, throw in some chopped jalapenos, then after a few seconds a couple of Tb of vinegar, all over high heat. I got tear gassed a couple of times in the '60's, and it was nowhere compared to this. For really obstinate relatives, you might try Habaneros.