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Burning from peppers

Scoutmaster Jan 24, 2013 04:49 PM

The poblano pepper - hardly a hot one. I just cut up 3 of them for some chicken chili. I've touched various places on my face and ears and now those spots are burning. Ouch. What's the home remedy to put the fire out?

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    beevod Oct 31, 2013 09:45 AM

    Patience.

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      kitchengardengal Oct 30, 2013 06:32 PM

      I revived this thread because I was an idiot a few nights ago, and rubbed both eyes a few hours after chopping red jalapeños from my garden. (After washing my hands several times) .
      It didn't just sting, it burned like crazy! While I rinsed with water, hubby looked online and found that milk can help. I drenched a paper towel in a dish of milk,washed out my eyes with it, and that helped a lot.
      Then, of course, my mascara was smeared everywhere. So I figured I would not only fix my face, but fix my burning eyes, too, with Pond's Cold Cream. It worked! It really helped relieve the burning, but left my vision all blurry. When I rinsed out the cold cream with warm water, some of the burn came back, but not nearly as much.

      I promise never, ever to do that again. I've had jalapeño eyes before, but this was like I'd been hit with pepper spray.

      1. wineguy7 Aug 10, 2013 03:57 PM

        At a cooking class I took in Oaxaca, they used a cut tomato to quell the burning when one of the students rubbed her eye after touching hot peppers.

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          JoanN Aug 12, 2013 06:06 PM

          She put a tomato in her eye?!? Trying to picture this. Not successfully.

          Peanut butter sounds like a good one, but it's not something I usually have in the house. I ate a searingly hot pickled jalapeno the other day and Googled how to ease the pain. The consensus seemed to be fat and dairy. Didn't have any ice cream, so I tried full fat yogurt. Worked for me.

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            wineguy7 Aug 13, 2013 10:18 AM

            Yep.

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          kseiverd Aug 9, 2013 08:08 PM

          NOT into HOT at all but a little kick is good. Made a BIG batch of salsa to can one time. Added finely minced jalapenos... a few at a time and tested/tasted for heat. THOUGHT I had thoroughly washed hands? Touched hands to mouth and it was HOT!!

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            miss_belle Aug 10, 2013 04:22 PM

            Next time wear latex gloves. A staple in my kitchen.

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              mybabyno1 Aug 12, 2013 05:54 PM

              The next time I go to the doc I am going to pick up some more. I use gloves when I cut onions too

          2. shaogo Jan 25, 2013 06:41 AM

            Oh, boy.

            I'm gonna try several of these (the dish soap and the peanut butter come to mind).

            I've always been intrepid and just finish cooking and go out to the table, crying, if I've put my finger in my eye. (Hey, it's a good way to get a little sympathy if I wanna milk it!)

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              Ariadanz Jan 25, 2013 12:33 AM

              Peanut Butter. No, seriously. You dab peanut butter on the burning spots, wait a minute or two until your skin temp starts to melt the peanut butter and then wash it off with some sort of soap that removes grease. The capscacin is oil-soluable, so if you put fat on it (butter also works but is harder to apply), then use something that washes the fat off it works quite well. It works better then just using the soap on its own.

              An oil-removing facial scrub is great for this, but dishwashing detergent works great too, just use cool/cold water and not hot.

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                mybabyno1 Aug 9, 2013 04:37 PM

                I just tried peanut butter and lo and behold.......It worked, Thanks Ariadanz.

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                sandylc Jan 24, 2013 08:49 PM

                Yes, oil. To test if it's on my fingers, I touch a finger to my tongue. If that's a positive, I use oil and a scrubby to scrub the ends of my fingers.

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                  GH1618 Jan 24, 2013 05:52 PM

                  Vegetable oil reputedly works better than water, because capsaicin is oil-soluble. Source: The Whole Chile Pepper Book by DeWitt and Gerlach.

                  1. Sandwich_Sister Jan 24, 2013 05:45 PM

                    funny as it is, sour cream smeared on the areas help.

                    My husband laughed at me once for this.

                    I was using hotter peppers but hot water makes it worse. so don't try to take a hot shower to wash everything off.

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                      axial Jan 24, 2013 05:04 PM

                      Milk, maybe.

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