How To Cure A Jalapeno Burn

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When I make guacamole, I chop through 2-3 jalapenos without a problem. Then the other day, when I was attempting jalapeno jelly, I had to chop through about 8-10 of them and before I knew it, my hands were on fire and I could not get rid of the excruciating pain. They just felt like they were on fire. I tried to do so many things and while they relieved the pain while I was applying the treatment, once I stopped applying it, the pain would just come back.

I tried:

Cold water

Half ā€˜nā€™ half

Alcohol

Hand sanitizer

Soap and water

Oil

Toner

Lotion

Baking soda

And probably a few more things.

After a few hours the pain wore off a tiny bit, but was still extremely painful. I had asked Mr. Juice to pick up a bottle of Maalox on the way home because after Googling the subject extensively, found out that the poison control center recommends this remedy. Lo and behold, after soaking my hands in Maalox, I had no more pain. This will definitely be a staple in my apartment from now on.

FYI, my jalapeno jelly was crap, which made me even madder about having to go through the pain.

-Joyce Huang

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