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Old 11-26-2021, 02:29 AM
 
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Anyone have the experience of chopping jalapenos and have burning hands? If so, anything help?

Just talked to my son who made poppers and said next time he'll be wearing gloves. Hands burning for hours, tried tips like soaking in milk, dish soap etc, but didn't help much. He said they're just starting to calm down after 4 hours of pretty intense pain.

I've occasionally chopped a small pepper for homemade salsa but no probs. Of course I keep my hands away from my eyes. Yipes!
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Old 11-26-2021, 08:36 AM
 
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I once chopped hot peppers for my DH (I never eat them). Washed my hands, did the dishes, took a shower and washed my hair. And STILL when I touched my lips after all that, got a burning sensation. Gloves are the way to go.
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Old 11-26-2021, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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Ive had japapeno hands too often. I use a lot of fresh chiles when I cook, and every summer year, I buy and peel 10 pounds of roasted Hatch Chiles and 10 pounds of roasted Poblano chiles. Takes me 3 days with bare hands; using gloves would take months.

Here's my method: I very vigorously wash my hands first with Dawn (which removes oil/grease better than other dish soap brands) using the hottest water I can stand. At least once. Then I go to this concoction: a solution of a large pinch of baking soda, and about 1 tablespoon each of water and hydrogen peroxide.
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Old 11-26-2021, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Wisco Disco
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Speaking of chemistry..... The hot is caustic. That is why it burns. Very basic. Acid is the antidote. Vinegar, carbonated anything, tomato juice, lemon, lime, etc.. .
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Old 11-26-2021, 01:03 PM
 
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Thanks guys. I saw a message from him from 2 am and he said they flared up again real bad. Wonder if he ended up with a particularly potent patch. He said he had made home made poppers before and didn't have any problems.

Anyways, sent all your suggestions his way, hopefully by now it's subsided, but I have read some nasty stories of it lasting a day or two.

Very strange. One of those ya learn something new every day things.
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Old 11-26-2021, 01:08 PM
 
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Ive had japapeno hands too often. I use a lot of fresh chiles when I cook, and every summer year, I buy and peel 10 pounds of roasted Hatch Chiles and 10 pounds of roasted Poblano chiles. Takes me 3 days with bare hands; using gloves would take months.

Here's my method: I very vigorously wash my hands first with Dawn (which removes oil/grease better than other dish soap brands) using the hottest water I can stand. At least once. Then I go to this concoction: a solution of a large pinch of baking soda, and about 1 tablespoon each of water and hydrogen peroxide.
Wow, wonder if your skin is less sensitive, or maybe acclimated to it. My son said he was honestly surprised how intense the pain was. His fiancé almost took him to ER it was that scary!
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Old 11-26-2021, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Wisco Disco
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He better have his fiancé help when he needs to P
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Old 11-26-2021, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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he better have his fiancé help when he needs to p
lol!
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Old 11-26-2021, 02:35 PM
 
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He better have his fiancé help when he needs to P
Lol, yeah!
BTW, I found out it's suggested you do not take a shower if this happens because the hot water will open your pours and the offending chemical can spread to other areas of the body! Youch!
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Old 11-26-2021, 03:34 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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Yoghurt works for me. I always have some in the fridge. The nice thick Greek kind. Not no-fat or lo-fat. 2% or 5% preferably because I've heard the fat is key. Stick your fingers in a nice cold yoghurt for a few minutes to ease the worst of it. Rinse and repeat. Might take several dips.

I work with Thai Chilis a lot so I invested in a box of good disposable gloves and use them every time.
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