I can't get rid of the burning sensation on my fingers after chopping jalapenos. How do I get rid of this?

When using fresh or dried chili peppers, wear gloves to protect your hands because the oils, capsaicin in the peppers can cause severe burns. Don't touch your face or eyes. If chilies do come in contact with your bare hands, remember these tips:

  • Wash thoroughly with soap water. If burning persists, soak hands in a bowl of milk.
  • Wet your hands and submerge them in baking soda water. Let it dry and the heat will subside.
  • Dip your hands in apple cider vinegar for 5-10 minutes.
  • Dishwashing liquid will break down the oil . Use warm water to open the pores so any oil in there will be drawn out.
  • Try rubbing cooking oil (vegetable, corn, etc,) on your hands before working with jalapenos.
  • A Hemorrhoid cream application works wonders, provided you have one to dispose.

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