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How to Stop the Burn From Hot Chili Juice

Updated April 17, 2017

Capsaicin is the fiery component of chilli peppers which are plants from the Capsicum family. Hotter chilli peppers contain higher amounts of capsaicin. It is an irritant for all mammals including humans and produces a burning sensation when it comes into contact with sensitive skin. Chilli peppers add pungency and spiciness to food when used in small quantities. Chilli peppers should be handled with care at all times.

Treat skin that has a burning sensation, after coming in contact with chilli juice, with vegetable or baby oil. Rub the oil onto your skin immediately. Capsaicin is fat soluble and the oil will dilute it. After the sensation subsides, wash the area with soap and water.

Soothe skin that has been burnt by chilli juice by soaking the affected area in cold milk or yoghurt. After the burning subsides, wash the area with cold water.

Relieve the burning sensation caused by chilli juice by dabbing some lemon or lime juice onto the affected areas. Rinse with mild soap and water. Citric acid neutralises the alkaline in capsaicin.

Alleviate a burning chilli sensation in your mouth with a pat of butter. Ice cream, yoghurt and cream are equally effective. Slowly sipping cold milk, cold sugar solution or lemon squash also works.

Tip

Wear rubber or surgical gloves before handling chilli peppers.

Warning

Avoid touching your eyes or any other part of your body after you have handled chilli peppers. Consult a doctor if the burning doesn't subside after a reasonable amount of time.

Things You'll Need

  • Vegetable or baby oil
  • Cold milk
  • Yoghurt
  • Lemon or lime juice
  • Butter
  • Ice cream
  • Cream
  • Lemon squash
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Kal Kastellan has been writing professionally since 1992. His science, Internet technology and lifestyle articles have been published in British and Indian broadsheets including "Telegraph" and "Times," as well as a number of regional magazines. He studied both physics and physiology and later post-graduate psychology before embarking upon a career in Web marketing and publishing.