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iVillage.com: Kitchen 911: How to Handle Burns, Cuts and Other Cooking Disasters

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Your Skin Starts Burning after Chopping Hot Peppers

Hot peppers add spice to your meal, but their juices can burn your skin like crazy – a great reason to wear gloves! If your hands start to feel the burn, wash them well with soap and water several times after you cut the peppers to remove their essential oils which cause the burning sensation. “Try to keep your hands away from sensitive areas such as your mouth or eyes so you don’t transfer the oils,” says John. Try an ice pack or a pain medication such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. The pain usually subsides in about hour. If you touched your eyes, flush them with water for 15 minutes.

Go to the ER if: This is minor enough that it likely won’t be necessary.

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