When Hot Peppers Burn: lesson learned

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When Hot Peppers Burn

By OldGardener
September 5, 2014

When I am handling hot peppers, I am not always as careful as I should be. After receiving a nasty burn while I was processing peppers that I thought were relatively benign, I went on a quest to find an effective treatment. This is the result.

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Name: Toni Melvin
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Toni
Sep 5, 2014 4:31 PM CST
@old gardener,
Oh I DO feel your pain. I was processing jalepeno peppers a couple years ago (with gloves! ) and an hour afterward noticed my hands burning and my face around my eyes swelling. I lost vision in my right eye. I was fighting off panic. I had never had a similar reaction before. I quickly searched my memory and came up with the milk solution. I always have raw whole milk in the refrigerator and it was the closest thing on hand. In desperation I soaked my hands (burning terribly) in a bowl of the raw milk. After a couple minutes I took some in my palm and put it on my eyes as best as possible. Fortunately for me, after about 15 to 20 minutes things started to calm down. I got my vision restored in the right eye and the burning subsided. That was so frightening. I am so glad you wrote an article regarding remedies because if I hadn't previously read about it I would have never known what to do. It sure did save a panicked trip to the emergency room. Thank You!
Toni
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OldGardener
Sep 5, 2014 5:41 PM CST
That really is frightening! I cannot even imagine getting it in the eyes!!!!

After the burning started, I was furiously typing with one hand trying to find some type of solution. I went down the list trying one thing after another and was getting more and more concerned as nothing would work. My husband got on his computer, too, and came up with the clearasil solution.

I am glad that the raw milk worked for you. I wonder if the fact it was raw made it more effective? Maybe active enzymes?
"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." -Abraham Lincoln

tantefrancine
Sep 6, 2014 7:01 AM CST
I wrote a fairly long answer and I put it on preview and it disappeared! Anyway, I just wanted to add that I learned to get rid of the burning of hot pepper when you ate it by drinking hot water as hot as you can. It made the burn worse for a few minutes and then it disappeared. Same with your hands, soak in water as hot as you can stand. And the burning feeling will disappear. Maybe milk will help too, but I never tried.
Name: Toni Melvin
Sherwood Oregon (Zone 8a)
Region: Oregon Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Native Plants and Wildflowers Herbs Beekeeper
Permaculture Composter Canning and food preservation Bee Lover Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Toni
Sep 6, 2014 12:11 PM CST
OldGardener said:


I am glad that the raw milk worked for you. I wonder if the fact it was raw made it more effective? Maybe active enzymes?


I think that is very likely about the enzymes in the raw milk! It really is amazing stuff. I am just so glad that it worked for me since it is about all I had close at hand. I sure do have a new respect for even the mild peppers Rolling on the floor laughing
Toni
I aspire to be the person my dog thinks I am

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