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My hands are burning!


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Well, my hands feel like they are burning, but it's getting better by the hour. Tonight I am making my first foray into mole (mo'lay, not burrowing mammal), and last night I did a bunch of my food prep. I cleaned and cut up 3 different kinds of peppers, a couple of garlic bulbs, onion and cleaned up some cilantro (if anybody has a quick way to separate out cilantro leaves, please pass it along).

I've cleaned peppers before and felt some heat on my skin, but never to this extent. It's now 12 hours since I stopped doing food prep when I either close my hand or wash my hands the heat comes pulsing back through. My hands are also looking like I just got out of the pool - though I do not know if that is from excesive washing or if pepper juice has leaked through my skin and dehydrated my hands. I am drinking a lot of water.

Hopefully the pain will be worth it when I'm eating a marvelous plate of (what I am calling) "White Trash Mole" later on this evening. I'll try to remember to post the results - good or bad.

Cheers!

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Yeah, ouch!  I'm sure you've figured this out by now, but that is why you really need to think about wearing kitchen gloves when cutting/seeding hot peppers, especially really hot ones or any quantity of them.  The oils that live in the pepper/seeds definitely do soak into your skin and will not wash off!  The same thing happened to my mom years ago when she spent several hours cutting/seeding jalapenos and cayennes (with bare hands) that she was canning.  How she suffered!  I don't know of anything other than symptomatic relief, pain relievers, topical anesthetics, etc.  Doctors and pharmacists didn't have any advice for my mom, either, except to "wear gloves next time."  You might try soaking your hands in cold milk, but I don't know if it would really help anything beyond temporarily.  Just be sure not to touch or rub your nose, eyes, or eyelids!  Hope you're feeling better.  Hope the mole is great!

It could be a food allergy.  You can develop and allergy at any time in life.  That is how Ifound out I am allergic to latex.  My hands kept swelling up an burning really bad. (I work in a lab.  I'm required to wear gloves.)  You may have to wear gloves to do your prep from now on.  Also if it bothers your skin it may also cause swelling in the esophagus, stomach, intestines and the anus.  Be really careful or get an allergy test.

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Missechelle - what is inside the gloves?  I used to think I had an allergy to latex cuz wearing the gloves gave me a rash that ended in a clean line right on my writs.  But I never had a problem with doctors or dentists using gloves on me.  Then I realized I was allergic to the talc powder IN the gloves!

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Original Post by missechelle:

It could be a food allergy.  You can develop and allergy at any time in life.  That is how Ifound out I am allergic to latex.  My hands kept swelling up an burning really bad. (I work in a lab.  I'm required to wear gloves.)  You may have to wear gloves to do your prep from now on.  Also if it bothers your skin it may also cause swelling in the esophagus, stomach, intestines and the anus.  Be really careful or get an allergy test.

 Thank goodness no redness or swelling, just a pervasive and progressively lessening heat. I had handled peppers before, but maybe not that many, so hot, in such a short amount of time. Gloves would have been a good idea.

I was hollowing out hot peppers once when I worked in a deli.  The peppers were in a large jar and I just stuck my bare hand in to pull out a pepper, cut off the top, cut out the seeds and reach into the jar for the next pepper.  Later that night my hands started to burn and they were real red.  I was concerned and didn't have any clue what it was caused from until the next day at work I was taking with my boss and she said "yeah, I was going to tell you should have gloves on so that doesn't happen".  Thanks alot!!   Either way I don't recall it lasting more than 24 hours.  Best wishes for a fast recovery!  :)

 

Ps, maybe shoving your hand into a loaf of bread and leaving it there for awhile will help absorb the oils out of your skin.  lol  I mean it helps remove them from your mouth when you eat hot stuff. 

Hope your mole turns out good! 

I heard that honey is good for pepper burn.. don't know why, don't know how, but worth a shot if it's hurting a lot =]

I've always heard citrus, milk, and vinegar can neutralize the oil from hot peppers.  Water doesn't do anything.

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Well it came out real tasty. Putting the spicy sauce in my mouth seems to have rekindled the flame in my hands a bit, but I am pretty sure it will go away.

I posted the recipe (which got an A- . . . would have gotten an A but it needed a pinch of salt). The amounts are approximate. I mixed it with shredded chicken breast when it was about cooked, simmered a bit longer and put it over brown rice. I also made some spicy lentils and peas . . . I am experimenting with dried beans, legumes, etc these days. I had fresh fruit (pomegranate and half a mango) for dessert.

White Trash Mole Sauce

Makes 8 servings


A sauce for shredded chicken or other meat item

  Ingredients 29 ounce crushed tomatoes 6 ounce tomato paste 2 tbsp Olive Oil 20 Chili peppers 1 Bell Pepper 1 tsp salt 15 cloves garlic 1/2 Red Onion 1 1/2 tbsp Cumin 1 cup fresh cilantro 3 tbsp cocoa powder Directions

  1. Clean and deseed and chop peppers, chop onion and garlic; use a couple of different kinds of peppers based on how spicy you like it

  2. Put large pot on medium heat and put in oil

  3. When oil is hot add onion

  4. When onion has softened add chopped peppers and garlic

  5. When the garlic, peppers and onion are cooked, add cilantro, cumin, cocoa powder and salt, stir

  6. Add tomatoes and paste. Pour in a can full of water to give yourself some reduction room

  7. Bring to a low boil, then lower to a simmer. Stir every so often. The longer you can wait the better it will taste. An hour at least

  8. When it was cooked, I poured it over some cooked shredded chicken and let that simmer for 10 minutes or so. Served it over rice.

Peppers are incredibly evil.

A week ago I decided to cut up one, and when I was slicing it a bit of pepper juice sprayed into my eye.

>__>


I've also managed to inhale cayenne pepper through my nose various times. GAHH.

Original Post by alysha_:

Peppers are incredibly evil.

A week ago I decided to cut up one, and when I was slicing it a bit of pepper juice sprayed into my eye.

>__>


I've also managed to inhale cayenne pepper through my nose various times. GAHH.

Agreed. Cayenne is to be taken orally only. It is not to be snorted or in suppository form. But I suppose you knew that already . . .

We buy the blue nitrile gloves at harbor freight.  They're cheap and if it starts soaking through, hey you have a whole box.  Whip out another pair and keep going. 

Oh, word of warning... be very very very careful if you have pee.....  My husband found that out the hard way. 


My own worst "pepper incident" came when I accidentally swallowed wrong and ended up with a dried chilli pequin in my trachea. 

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Original Post by alysha_:

Peppers are incredibly evil.

A week ago I decided to cut up one, and when I was slicing it a bit of pepper juice sprayed into my eye.

>__>


I've also managed to inhale cayenne pepper through my nose various times. GAHH.

Agreed. Cayenne is to be taken orally only. It is not to be snorted or in suppository form. But I suppose you knew that already . . .

 LMAO! And a big fat owww! to Alysha.  I made Mole once it was a total disaster.  I think I tried to put chocolate chips in it if I remember correctly, too funny.

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Missechelle - what is inside the gloves?  I used to think I had an allergy to latex cuz wearing the gloves gave me a rash that ended in a clean line right on my writs.  But I never had a problem with doctors or dentists using gloves on me.  Then I realized I was allergic to the talc powder IN the gloves!

 Nothing in the gloves.  I am allergic to gloves, condoms, rubber bands, if its latex its painful.  I discovered this about 5 years ago.

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