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Thread: jalapeno pepper burn on skin

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    does anyone have a sure fired method of soothing jalapeno burns to the hands. i have been trying for 6 hours now with everything i could find on the internet for some relief - milk, lemon, mustard, ice water,baking soda, aloe vera, with no improvement. have cut jalapenos in the past with no problem. guess my luck just ran out. any help would be appreciated. thanks.

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    No help on fixing the burn other than time. Feel your pain though, mine was from Habenero's. Learned to wear baggies on my hands!

    As I recall the burn lasted for days in the more tender areas, like under the fingernails.

    OUCH

    Best to you

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    I did the same thing a few weeks ago--chopped jalapenos without gloves on--have also done this lots of times without problems. The only thing that made it feel better was to hold a bag of frozen corn with the hand that was burning.

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    How about aloe vera. I have heard that works, but don't know.

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    I think it just has to wear off. I did that once, will never work with fresh peppers again!

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    I did this one time and the only thing that helped was sitting with my hands in a big bowl of milk. I sat on the couch and cried and watched movies. I know it's very painful. I hope the pain goes away real soon for you.

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    Ouch! Try the milk, aloe, br careful with ice or frozen veggies as you can get frost bite. Let us know if anything helps. U could try ambesol too suppose to work on bee and wasps stings. Good luck!

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    Found this (rubbing alcohol dabbed on with cotton ball relieved the pain almost immediately):
    http://www.tipking.co.uk/tip/7275.html

    Also, another website said milk or sour cream works. These and the other remedies all seem to take longer.

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    * 1 You need to allow time for all remedies to work to get the capsaicin off.

    Rinse the affected area with rubbing alcohol. Oil-based substances like capsaicin are soluble in alcohol, and alcohol also creates a cooling effect that provides topical relief. The Chile Pepper Institute at New Mexico State University recommends following the alcohol with milk.
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    Massage vegetable oil into the affected area to dilute the capsaicin, which is soluble in oil, and remove it from the pores. Wipe away the oil with a paper towel.
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    Wash the affected area vigorously with liquid dishwashing detergent and lukewarm water. Dishwashing liquids are formulated specifically to help oily substances bond with water and wash away, which is exactly what is necessary with capsaicin.


    Read more: How to Stop a Jalapeno Pepper Burn on Hands | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_8306860_stop...#ixzz1Yq3LwBp4

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    Try some soy sauce. It has always worked for me with any type of burn. It sounds silly but works great early on. I have never tried it after a long period of time has passed.
    Please let me know if it works for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltgran2
    does anyone have a sure fired method of soothing jalapeno burns to the hands. i have been trying for 6 hours now with everything i could find on the internet for some relief - milk, lemon, mustard, ice water,baking soda, aloe vera, with no improvement. have cut jalapenos in the past with no problem. guess my luck just ran out. any help would be appreciated. thanks.
    I forgot to wear gloves once and that was enough. I do feel your pain.

    Do you have any Dawn Dishwashing Liquid? You want to get the jalepeno oil off your skin and this is the best that I have found that did the trick. You might have to do it more than once. Don't put lotion or anything on your hands afterwards as you don't want to keep that heat in or it'll burn all over again.

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    My #1 tip is ALWAYS WEAR GLOVES. I had to sleep with an ice pack under my pillow to put my hands on the first time I made salsa. Be sure not to rub your eyes. Or if you are a man, don't touch your genitals when going to the potty. Ouch.
    Have heard a bad story about that once.

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    I did this once and that was enough. I ended up soaking my hands in a bowl of milk for some time because it felt good. I didn't know at the time that it helps to cut the capsacin.
    I hope something works for you because I know how painful it is. Feel better soon.

    My sons girlfriend says to try baking soda. It absorbs the oil out of your skin. New one on me but at this point if it was me, I would try anything.
    Husband says at work they use handcleaner like they use in an auto garage to help remove poison oak when they get into it.

    I keep a box laxtex gloves in the house just for this kind of thing. In the long run it is worth the investment.

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    I survived, painfully but survived it once. It took a few days and a lot of tears. I flipped the seeds out of fresh jalapenos with my fingers in a hurry to make chili re, something or others and about half way through, the terror started. Didn't know anything or anyone to ask and this was many years ago. I avoid the darn things altogether! These are wonderful hints, thanks for the subject. Blessings, Ruth

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    THANK YOU EVERYONE who responded to my call for help. I feel so much better this morning. Yesterday I was canning balsamic pepper jelly and didn't pay much attention to how I was handling the jalapenos. I usually am very careful as I've never used gloves before, but as I say have always been careful. Not yesterday and did I suffer. I tried just about all the remedies you all suggested but nothing was a miracle cure, that's for sure. I also washed my hands about ten times including washing with a special abrasive soap most often used by those working in the automotive industry. In the end I alternated between soaking in cold milk and cold water. Nine hours later after two glasses of wine, two extra strength tylenol and two extra strenth ibuprofen I fell asleep for the night. They bothered me somewhat in the night but I could tell they were improving and this morning I'm a happy lady again but with sore (not burning fingers). Thanks again for helping out.

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    that stuff is BAD!! DH likes hot peppers - I tell him - YOU handle them. I did some once, washed hands afterwards, took a shower, and washed hair, did dishes. After all that I touched my lips and got a burning sensation.

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    All good ideas.... This one came from a Vietnam vet, Take plain old flour, put it in a bag and stick you hand in it for at least 10 min. (this may be for the time it happened) This was used in Vietnam for burn, of most any kind. The lady that tried this had a scald ed hand. After 10 min. she took her hand out and the hand was not red or anything and it never blistered, no pain. You can use this also if some one gets burned with fire. DO NOT RUN COLD WATER OVER IT! I got this from an e-mail.

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    I have done that before. What has helped a little in the past is rub a lime over my hands. I have a lime tree and have access to plenty of them but I have had it help. Just don't leave the lime on too long. I have also paid the price of leaving lime juice on my hands too long ( I juiced about 200 limes) and they burnt and tattooed my hands. Never again!!!! I only will juice a few at a time constantly washing my hands, or wearing gloves.

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    Oh, I feel for you. This happened to me when I canned peppers. Before internet. The only thing that gave me relief was keeping my hand in cold water--the 'holding' hand, the knife hand was O.K. I went to church that evening clutching a 2 quart drink cooler of ice water.

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    Do you have an Aloe Vera plant? Cot a piece and rub it on the burned area.

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    So sorry for your problem, and I can empathize. I chopped about ten pounds of fresh jalapenos one time, then peeled half a bushel of tomatoes. The pepper juice plus the acid in the tomatoes made my hands on fire! And there were other little spots like on my forehead and neck where I'd brushed back my hair. Nothing put the fire out. I tried lotions, creams, milk, everthing I could think of, and even called a pharmacist for advice. I ended up that night sleeping on the couch with my hands in a pan of ice water. The next day the burn was gone, but after a couple of days my hands peeled as if I'd had a sunburn. Now I chop jalapenos in a food processor!

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    Ouch - glad you're over the worst of it. Burns can be horrendously painful.

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