July 02, 2004
Hot Hot Hot!!
Posted by Ellen at July 02, 2004 08:55 PM
Ya know, today I learned something.
I learned that you should make sure after cutting hot peppers that you wash wash wash wash wash those hands till they are raw before rubbing your face near your nose (near... not in... nope, not in. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.)
I learned something else today. I learned that no amount of jumping up and down, running in circles, climbing stairs, or washing your nose with soap and water will stop the burn.
Finally, I learned that putting milk on a cotton ball and shoving it up your nose is the only thing in the world that will stop the burn.
Oh, don't worry, Scott's on the couch tonight. "It does a body good" when your spouse is streaming milk out of her cotton-stuffed nose is only funny when you say it on the inside.
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Scott - that was a funny thing to say. I might've said the same thing myself. Guess some things are worth a night on the couch...
May I suggest using a soap that contains citrus oil (like Fast Orange or Citrus Magic). It usually only takes two washes to take off the oils from peppers (and they are good for getting the onion stink off of hands too).
I have the simpliest solution in the world. Wear disposable gloves.
You should also never attempt to wipe yourself with the last two sheets of toilet paper if you haven't washed your hands properly following pepper handling.
Nor should you rub your eyes.
I'm just saying...
all pepper-handling families should have gloves (the onesizefitsall, un-handed kid. I learned this lesson after chopping up a bunch of BELL peppers, for jeezleypete's sake.
I wouldn't want that citrus stuff near my eyes or nose, either.
The cheapo gloves also work for disgusting fish chores.
Oh, and I forgot--you want your kid to hate you forever? Handle her delicate little hiney parts with hands that have, say, too much peppermint oil (or cinnamon oil, I'm not sure) from the candy making.
It looked like a burn and I felt guilty for about a month.
I must say, I experienced something similar. Watching my dad as I grew up, I though I could do it, too. Mind you, this was at least 20 years ago. I was cutting habaneros for a fish recipe called ceviche, and when I was done, my hands were burning. After repeated calls to 1-800-POISON1, and my dad, I had to go to work at the hospital. Fortunately, my husband the pharmacist was able to recommend some lidocaine spray which numbed my hands wonderfully. Sadly, I was drinking lots of water, and my lips turned numb after some time, and I realized the lidocaine spray rubbed off my fingers to my cup, hence, I couldn't talk well, BUT.... I did learn my lesson. BTW, my dad was LHAO at me, since he ALWAYS used a fork and knife to cut hot peppers. One of those things you don't take forward with you when trying to emulate your parents.