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My Jalapeno Hands 
 
Sep. 17, 2010 10:03 pm 
Updated: Sep. 20, 2010 5:30 pm
Jalapeno pepper should be handled with gloves on, no exceptions.  I had 6 jalapeno peppers I was using in salsa, so before I began to prepare them, I looked for some gloves. I spent about 5 minutes and didnt find any so proceeded without.
After about 3 peppers, I thought, my, I sure do have alot of really sore burning cuts on my hands.  I finished the last one and washed my hands thoroughly with soap.  I then scratched and rubbed the very end of my nose, my hair had been tickling me.
Then it started, the burning! The burning throbbing pain in my hands and nose! I thought, surely, if i wash my hands again, this will stop. So, after washing my hands again, I had some relief for about 5 minutes!  OWWW! 
Tried to walk it off, no luck. Tried olive oil, no luck. Milk, vinegar, Gojo, bleach (desperate). NOT one thing worked. I have to admit, the for the first 15 minutes after the Gojo, the did have little relief but then started again.
I had to take out my contacts that night, ouch. Woke up with hurting burning throbbing hands. Ouch. Hurt everytime I washed my hands in anything but COLD water, and we don't get cold water from the tap here in Arizona! This went on for 2 and a 1/2 days! Anyway, my hands are better today but they still are very tender around my nails and pinky fingeres. I will NEVER do this again without gloves! Ever!
 
Comments
Sep. 18, 2010 12:11 am
Totally agree. I have done exactly the same before myself. Its removing those contacts at the end of the night which is pure torture! Now I make sure I have plenty of gloves before even thinking about cutting Jalapenos...
 
Sep. 18, 2010 5:34 am
This happened to me several years ago. I had never used jalapenos, so I had no idea. I didn't even realize anything was wrong until at least a half hour after I finished working with them. But the REAL pain & burning was later that night and the next day. I'll never forget it!! One thing that helped though was a lotion available over the counter. It's from Sweden, I think, and it's called Sarna. Great for all kinds of itching & burning.
 
Sep. 18, 2010 6:02 am
I feel your pain. But with me it's touching my eyes. I grew jalapenos this year and even hours after handling them if I touch my eye I want to scream in agony for about 15 minutes. Visine and rinsing with cold water do not help. I am going to invest in some plastic gloves for sure.
 
Lace 
Sep. 18, 2010 8:50 am
Been there, done that! I now keep exam gloves in the kitchen for poblanos and jalapenos, etc. I feel your pain from here. Try some cortisone cream on external areas areas of skin. Keep applying it. Better to have started it yesterday, though.
 
Sep. 18, 2010 7:19 pm
That's scary. Fortunately they don't bother me a bit...I never wear gloves when I chop jalapenos.
 
Sep. 18, 2010 7:49 pm
Oh Charlotte, I am terrible sorry!! I have not had such a bad reaction as you did,I do keep a supply of gloves just in case my chilies are hot enough. You never really know how hot they are. I have had jalpos that taste like green peppers and my Hatch, I got last week, had Both hot and mild ones in the same batch. You just never know. Thank You for the helpful info. Take care
 
Sep. 18, 2010 9:56 pm
I made 3 batches of jalapeno jelly yesterday,I feel your pain, my whole hand just from stirring the jelly !
 
Janet 
Sep. 20, 2010 5:30 pm
Oh my!!!! I remember a similar experience and I know what you mean about contact lenses, so brutal...Have you hands started to peel? I remember the skin peeling off a few days later like I had had a sun burn. So painful, those darn peppers.
 
 
 
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