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Help! How to alleviate jalapeno burn?

Asked by jenandcolin (2301points) June 23rd, 2010

I chopped a jalapeno pepper and then washed my hands. Unfortunately, some pepper oil must have remained. I touched the outside of my nose (the part between the two nostrils) and the corner of my mouth. It burns! Does anyone know the quickest way to make this burn leave?

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JLeslie's avatar

I don’t know any magic trick, except use some mild soap and rinse. I have touched my eye after cutting hot peppers and it sucks. Took a couple of hours to calm down. Maybe someone else will have a better suggesstion.

YARNLADY's avatar

Try Olive Oil

dpworkin's avatar

Dishwashing detergent. It is an oil, and needs a surfactant.

YARNLADY's avatar

@dpworkin Thank you, my answer was incomplete – after diluting it with olive oil, wash it out with a degreasing detergent such as Dawn.

marinelife's avatar

“The people’s pharmacy site says

“To remove capsaicin from the hands, milk or vinegar may be more effective than water.”

silverfly's avatar

Milk will dilute the burn. Give it a shot… think milk mustache. :)


My sister-in-law is from Thailand, where the diet consists of a lot of super hot, fiery spicy food. She says when your tongue burns from spicy food or chillis, place sugar on your tongue and that will reduce the burning. I don’t know if it works on noses, but you can give it a try. Milk is another remedy I heard, because of the presence of sugar (lactose) in the milk. But sugar or syrup is supposed to work even better.

AmWiser's avatar

Ice cream

john65pennington's avatar

Milk is the very best for pepper burns. there is a chemical in milk that offsets the burning of peppers. it works.

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