What can stop jalapeno burn to skin?

  1. Evo

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    At least, it's the only thing I can think of that could be causing the burning sensation.

    I chopped some jalapenos last night, then washed my hands as usual. I woke up during the night with the palm and fingers of my hand burning. These weren't hot jalapenos, and it's only affecting one hand, the hand I held the knife with. The hand that I held the jalapenos with is all right.

    The burning is so bad that I am sitting with my hand in a pot of cool water.

    Please, any suggestions to stop the burn?
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2008
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  3. mgb_phys

    mgb_phys 8,809
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    Re: what can stop jalepeno burn to skin?

    The active ingredients aren't water soluable - thats why you drink milk.
    This much later though they have probably been absorbed, I would try washing the hand thoroughly with soap.
  4. Evo

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    Yeah, I've washed my hands thoroughly several times. No improvement. I just found some aloe vera I had for sunburns, I've just applied that. Next is a soak in the dog's oatmeal shampoo if the aloe doesn't help.
  5. Use milk instead of water, Evo

    capseïcine dissolves in fat, so you could try oil, butter anything like that.
  6. Astronuc

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    The capsaicin is oil soluble, so vegetable oil (or oil and vinegar - which I recommended to Woolie when he got it on his face), yogurt, or butter should help dissolve any capsaicin on the skin.

    So use yogurt, half-n-half, or milk - in a cup or bowl.
  7. Evo

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    I have no milk based products, except velveeta cheese, wait, that's non-dairy too, nope, it claims to contain milk. Hmmm, I could sprinkle parmesan on my fingers.

    I think the aloe is helping.
  8. Alternately in this Dutch page it's advised to rub in lemon juice first and after that oil
  9. cooking oil?
  10. Once capsaicin is absorbed no amount of oil is going to get it off.

    From my own experience from cutting hot peppers, it seems that capsaicin has a long half life probably around 24 hours. Just give it time and the feeling will go away.
  11. turbo

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    You're right. It's not going to be possible to do much at this point, and putting your hands in hot water to do dishes, or taking a hot shower will re-activate the capsaicin for a day or two, usually.
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2008
  12. matthyaouw

    matthyaouw 1,149
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    I've heard banana does the trick nicely when something tastes too hot. I've no idea if it'd work on skin, but give it a try if it's that bad
  13. Oh Evo,

    I feel for you! I did the same thing once with habanerro peppers. It felt like a bad
    sunburn. I used cold compresses for about a day. I think it just takes time.

    Be very careful when you go to the bathroom.:blushing:
  14. Ouabache

    Ouabache 1,316
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    That happened to me too (a few moons ago) !! Only both my hands were burning and I really needed to use them to work on some math. I tried all that you did but my hands still burned (even when I tried to sleep) :frown:

    So in alarm, I called the emergency room. They told me it's a burn and treatment is the same for temperature & chemical burns. So you're pot of cool water was a good choice. At that point it was anesthetizing the tissue.

    PAIN RELIEF: Cold compresses are good to relieve pain as well as using over the counter pain relievers and topical anesthetics.

    HEALING - topical skin protectants and moisturizers are good during the healing process which in my case, took a few days. You mentioned aloe vera. I've heard it has both anesthetic and antibacterial properties, so it should feel soothing and allow the skin to heal more quickly.

    I took tepid showers rather than hot, just as with a sunburn, a hot shower is no fun, when your skin is burned.
  15. Monique

    Monique 4,445
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    Capsaicin does not cause tissue damage (and thus no burn), it simulates tissue damage by binding to vanilloid receptors, which are normally involved in sensing heat and tissue abrasions. You're right that cold anesthetizes the tissue, but this is only alleviating the symptoms and is not contributing to the healing. The only solution is to wash away the capsaicin with oil/lipids/soap, which is difficult when it has already penetrated the skin deeply. I think it usually takes a day for the burning sensation to disappear, so I hope this also applies to Evo :smile: Next time wear some gloves!
  16. Ouabache

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    Thanks Monique, it is interesting to learn the actual mechanism behind this burning sensation. So it only mimics a burn by affecting the same pain receptors. I should have realized many ER professionals are still learning and but at the same time, want to convey credibility of their medical knowledge. If i call them back and explain about vanilloid receptor binding, I hope they keep an open mind... :smile:

    Evo, is your hand feeling better??
  17. Vinegar will free the base.
  18. Evo

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    The aloe was very soothing, a light cool gel.

    Today the fingers feel ok, I still had a bit of burning even yesterday.

    Gloves from now on.
  19. DaveC426913

    DaveC426913 16,536
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    Just go with the full body suit.
  20. So I guess my latest invention, a jalapino and peanut butter flavored body wash, is a bust.
  21. im haveing a simular experiance except with the outside of my mouth and my nose. i read to put rubbing alcahol but i dont have any so i used fingernail poslish remover to get rid fo the burning oils. then it said use milk or a diary based product. we had no milk so i used butter and so far the burning has subsided. a lot. but for the time being i have butter all over my face.
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