What should I use to cool down the effects of pepper spray?

The best thing to do if you have been a victim of a pepper spray attack is to wait it out. While we know this isn't the best sounding advice, we assure you that pepper spray, which is also called Oleoresin Capsicum, is an oil that is not water-soluble. So, washing the burning parts with water will not be of any use. The effects of this chemical last for about 30 minutes, and if the pain and burning sensation is unbearable, here are a few things you can do to try and reduce the burn. Apply either any or all of the following on yourself - milk, honey, some mild detergent and if available, even some baking soda. These might work on you, but the effects are not guaranteed. Alcohol is also known to have some effect, as pepper spray is slightly soluble in ethanol. So pretty much any drinking alcohol should do the trick.

After you have tried these home remedies, go for a long, cold shower. However, refrain from using hot water, because hot water will only dilate the pores on your skin and help the spray go deeper in. Don't panic. Visit your consulting physician - immediately. Especially if you have asthma and other respiratory disorders.

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