How to Ease the Burn of Jalapeno Hands



How to Ease the Burn of Jalapeno Hands: A Cautionary Tale

By: Dr. Peggy Malone


Ok, so this may be a little outside of the topics that I normally cover but I feel compelled to share my recent harrowing culinary experience so that it might offer some preventative education for some poor soul out there.


Over the summer, I shared with you how I had been experimenting as a beginner gardener in my backyard with my awesome vegetable garden.


I harvested some amazing broccoli, tomatoes, onions, beets, sweet peppers and….jalapeno peppers.


John and I have been enjoying the jalapeno peppers through the summer stuffed with cheese and cooked on the barbeque.  Up until this week, it was John that handled the peppers, took the seeds out and prepped them for the barbeque. (Without any problem I might add)


This week, I harvested the last of my peppers from the garden and I spent an hour or so cutting them all up and getting them ready for the freezer.


When I was handling the jalapenos, my first mistake…and one that I’ll never make again….so long as I live…for definitely sure….is that I didn’t wear gloves.


About 30 minutes after the peppers were all cut up, in freezer bags and in the freezer and I was getting dinner ready, I started to feel tingling in all of my fingers. 


The tingling quickly intensified to burning which intensified over the next 20 minutes to the point where it felt like my hands were literally on FIRE!!

I immediately went to the sink and washed my hands with soap and water….no relief.


That’s when I went to the all-knowing source of answers…GOOGLE.


Through various websites and forums, I came across some hilarious stories of people with burning hands (and other sensitive body parts) as a result of a mishap with hot peppers as well as some extremely interesting and alternative solutions for the problem of burning Jalapeno Hands.


Before I share with you some of the suggested solutions, it’s worth knowing a little bit of the science behind the active ingredient in hot peppers like jalapenos.


This knowledge helps to understand why some of these seemingly bizarre things are presented as solutions and what is most likely to work.


Capsaicin is the active ingredient in hot peppers like jalapenos that causes the ‘hot’.


Painful exposures to capsaicin-containing peppers are among the most common plant-related exposures presented to poison centers. 


They cause burning or stinging pain to the skin (I can totally attest to this being true…wow it’s true), and if ingested in large amounts by adults or small amounts by children, can produce nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and burning diarrhea. Eye exposure produces intense tearing, pain and conjunctivitis. (sad red eyes)


Capsaicin is hydrophobic which means it is insoluble in  water, but freely soluble in alcohol and vegetable oils (which are hydrophobic too)

So that said, plain water will be ineffective at removing capsaicin but anything that is oily, alcohol or interestingly, milk should help. Milk contains casein, a lipophilic (fat-loving) substance that surrounds and washes away the fatty capsaicin molecules in much the same way that soap washes away grease.


Now these things definitely help to cool the burn after you’ve eaten hot peppers but will they work on jalapeno hands?


Here’s what I tried after my initial google ‘research’:


-I soaked my hands in vinegar

-I soaked my hands in vodka (alcohol)

-I wrapped my hands in milk soaked cloths and sat on the couch looking sad for a half hour while John laughed at me.

-I dipped my hands in yogurt and sat there for a half hour…same laughing from the peanut gallery.

-I took Advil (which I never do….I was in pain)

-I rubbed a baking soda paste on my hands

-I rubbed olive oil on my hands


All of these things helped while my hands were in them but as soon as I took my hands out, the intense burning sensation returned within 2 minutes.


Then, I decided to use reasoning instead of just looking for a quick fix.


Several people in my google search had talked about using hot water to open pores.


The last thing I wanted to do was stick my hands into hot water when they were scorching hot but it made sense to me that I had to open pores to get at the capsaicin in my skin.


So…I had John test the water to tell me if it was too hot.  (it felt like it was burning me when he said he could keep his hands in it all day)  Then I used soap and scrubbed my hands under the hot water.  It was extremely painful when I had my hands in the water at first, but it started to get better.


After a good scrubbing with hot water (as hot as I could stand) and soap.  I rubbed olive oil all over my hands.  The hydrophobic oil picked up some of the hydrophobic capsaicin in my skin and removed it.


Then I repeated the process 3 times.  Hot water, soap, scrub, then oil.


And amazingly…..relief.   


Not 100% but down to a 2 out of 10 pain instead of an 8 that I had been dealing with for 5 hours.


I slept well and the next morning I felt normal except for slightly tender hands from the scrubbing.


Sidenote:  I think that the reason John never experienced Jalapeno hands even though he handled peppers many times, is that his hands are rough and calloused from his work….less chance for the capsaicin to get into the skin.


Other interesting facts about the active ingredient in jalepeno peppers:


Capsaicin's toxicity makes hot peppers more than just a food. They can also be a weapon. The Mayans burned chile peppers to create a stinging smoke screen and threw gourds filled with pepper extract in battle. Nowadays, capsaicin is the active ingredient in pepper sprays used to ward off attacking muggers, dogs, and bears.


After my unfortunate jalapeno experience, I can now completely understand how hot peppers can be used to hurt others.


But they really are delicious aren’t they?


So here’s the recap:


Prevention: Wear gloves anytime you are handling hot peppers like jalapenos.  I read stories of poor people that suffered the jalapeno hands from handling and cutting just one jalapeno.


If you suffer jalapeno hands, run them under hot water (as hot as you can stand) and scrub with soap.  Once you have done that, rub with oil (olive or vegetable).  Repeat.


For some cooling relief at any time during your jalapeno hands adventure try ice, cold water, cold milk or yogurt. 


Oh, and don’t try to take your contact lenses out….that would lead to tragic sad sad eyes.  I slept with my contact lenses in that night.


Also, if you happen to have an itch in any sensitive areas of your body, make sure you are careful what you are touching with those hot pepper hands. 🙂


Until next time,








Dr. Peggy Malone is a Chiropractor and an Athlete who helps other athletes to overcome injury and get back to their sport. Her weekly Television Series 'Living Well" inspires people from all walks of life to take control of their health to be as happy and as healthy as they can be.

A former varsity Basketball and Rugby player, she has since entered the world of endurance athletics where she has completed 2 Ironman Triathlons, 3 Marathons, several Half Marathons and many other Triathlons, Road Races and Off-Road Adventure races of varying distances.

Her own athletic endeavors and injuries have given her valuable insight into working with athletes in her practice for both the care of injuries as well as for the improvement of athletic performance.


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  • Angela Brooks
    October 20, 2011

    First of all – I am glad your hands are feeling better – What a day! I was reading the story as I normally would until I got to the part about the "peanut gallery" and I cracked up – I could just hear the short little remarks of humor. He was not thinking well… you could have become the tester for pepper spray since you had enough on your hands to apply to his eyes …. even though I know you would never do such a thing even though the gallery was in rare form. LOL – glad your well and thank you for the laugh….John…behave! The KY Cowgirl~

    • Dr Peggy
      October 21, 2011

      Thanks Angela!
      I’m glad that my story is both educational and amusing 🙂
      It really was funny despite the terrible pain.
      I will definitely tell John to behave himself or he’ll have the KY Cowgirl to contend with 🙂

  • Dan
    January 29, 2012

    After spending hours reading through ridiculous remedies, yours finally worked.   I too figured that putting them under hot water seemed necessary.  After all, the burn didn't kick in until after a while (probably once it absorbed through the pores of my hands).  I tried sour cream, milk, vinegar, alcohol, and nearly pissed on my hands.  And then I found this.  Perfect.  And the pain has subsided to about 20% like you said, nothing I can't handle.  Brilliant.  Of course it's only been 20 minutes,  the pain could always come back.  Maybe I just burned them beyond and feeling.  That hot water on the burn was some intense amount of pain!  Cheers. 

    • Dr Peggy
      January 30, 2012

      Dan, I’m so glad that you got some relief!
      The hot water definitely makes the difference despite being extremely painful at the time.
      I’m glad you didn’t resort to peeing on your hands :)….but I totally understand the desperation of
      thinking it might be a good idea because jalapeno hand is soooo unpleasant.

  • Eve
    October 11, 2012

    Wonderful advice on how to treat burn from the peppers. I used gloves but theres always a chance of getting the oil on the skin. Good to know what helped you, incase people come in contact with peppers. Thank you!

    • Dr Peggy
      December 17, 2012

      You are welcome Eve! It was definitely a terrible experience for me so I hope that my story helped in some way 🙂

  • melysa martinez
    October 19, 2012

    OMG, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for this. My fingers were dying. I didn't have any rubbing alcohol, but read online for many that it didn't work. I did exactly as you said, washing with scalding hot water with soap, then olive oil, repeat. I added white vinegar for good measure because I had it. Finished with greek yogurt. Oh … man … what a relief! I can go to sleep now. That homemade mango salsa with tomatoes, cilantro, lemon juice, and jalapenos was awesome on the cod fish, and almost worth the two hours I've been in pain since, but not really. Thank you for this! 🙂

  • spagirl
    December 20, 2012

    Completely, totally, 100% worked!!!!

    • Dr Peggy
      January 17, 2013

      Yay! I’m glad you found the relief you needed. I remember how terrible the burn was.

  • kim
    November 20, 2013

    I used aloe vera. You know the kind you buy at the regular store (lime green colored) that you use after a sunburn. It worked right away. I reapplied when it felt like it might be coming back and that was it! The cheap kind from the dollar store. What a scary feeling that was. I too will never ever deal with those without gloves again!

  • jennifer
    February 17, 2014

    You just SAVED my hands! Make guacamole tonight and added a jalapeno; everything was fine. Took a hot shower later, which I am guessing opened up my pores to let the hot in: WHEW! They were on FIRE! Never experienced this until tonight. Thanks for the tips!

    • Dr Peggy
      February 17, 2014

      Great to hear Jennifer!! I’m glad you are feeling better 🙂

    October 12, 2014

    OMG!!! THANK YOU…THANK YOU…THANK YOU!! The last batch of bread and butter jalapenos was SO HOT I decided to seed and chop this batch rather than slice. It takes 6+ cups of prepared jalapenos, so you can imagine how many jalapenos I had to clean. I gave up on trying to use a knife and dove in with both hands. BIGGGGGG MISTAKE! After several hours of trying to wash, wash, wash, trying a baking soda paste, and soaking my hands in water (which helped only when I was moving the water around with my fingers), I finally painfully used my digits-of-fire to get online and found your tips. I used canola oil 3-4 times, following up with dish soap and then used olive oil twice, followed by dish soap. Then, I used another tip of alcohol, and then another using lemon juice, just for safe measure. They still burned some, but I sat down in my chair and was able to doze off. When I woke up 30 minutes to an hour later, the burn was basically GONE!!! WHAT A RELIEF! I really thought I had third degree burns and was going to have to go to the doctor! Now, I have another batch to do, since I didn’t do the double batch I had prepared to do yesterday. But the gloves are already out! Thank you so much!!

  • Natalie
    October 19, 2014

    OMG, you just saved my life. If I could only scrub well enough under my finger nail…. thou shall not scrape seeds out of peppers with fingernails! At least my fingers have eased up a bit. Thanks again!

  • Adie
    November 24, 2014

    Thanks for your post! It helped me this morning – 14 HOURS AFTER! I tried everything through the evening but only provided a few minutes’ relief. The tomato method helped, but coming across your blog made me laugh that at least someone else had gone through it and went through the list of remedies too!

  • Jenna
    February 2, 2015

    Wow THANK YOU! I made guacamole with jalapeños almost 10 hours ago and my hands were fine. After I took a shower tonight (thus opening my pores) my left hand was on FIRE. Nothing that I found on the internet was helping until I found your suggestion. I had to do 4-5 rounds of hot water/wash, oil, hot water/wash. I also threw in a round of soaking my hands in milk. Pain is not 100% gone, but hopefully I will be able to get some sleep at least. Thanks again!!

  • Petro
    July 1, 2015

    I don’t usually work with or eat hot peppers, but chopped a batch of 7 cups of Tabasco peppers to make sauce for my husband. No good deed goes unpunished. It has been 15 hours of the worst pain I could ever imagine. Tried every suggestion I found online. Your hot water method is excruciating, but I did it anyway. Somehow I’m not having the success you had. Back to alternating cups of milk I leave in the freezer.

    • Dr Peggy
      July 6, 2015

      Sorry to hear that you didn’t get relief! I hope that you are feeling better 🙂

  • Cara
    August 20, 2015

    Thank you for this advice. I tried soap and water, vinegar, olive oil, vegetable oil, coconut oil, a bath, milk, yogurt, ice cream and rubbing alcohol. The pain kept increasing And nothing seemed to work until I used the warm water to open my pores first… Relief. Thank you!

  • katie
    August 20, 2015

    Hi, THANK YOU for posting this..this happened to me tonight and the pain was horrible…I mean horrible. I tried the milk..worked while it was in the liquid, but once my hands were out and dry…bad pain again. I found your post and put my hand in the hot water…man it hurt really bad and scrubbing was awful but it worked. It still burns but not half as bad…thank you.

  • faejeerow
    August 30, 2015

    I cut chilli pepper with my bare hands and it felt like they were on fire. I tried to wash my hands with liquid soap and cold water to ease the hotness but it didn’t work. I felt like crying then I remembered Google and found to Dr Peggy. I tried the water I even made sure it was very hot cos I just didn’t like the discomfort, then I applied palm oil on my hands then I added liquid soap. It really helped calm my hands down. Thanks Dr Peggy.

  • Manolis
    September 12, 2015

    BLESS YOU! YOU ARE A LIFE SAVER! after having tried all the remedies with only the slightest effect, I stumbled on your idea of opening up the pores! Duh! As you said it is down to 20% and getting better. I used balsam oil.
    Stick with the hot water people! It’s tough but it doesn’t work if you don’t open the pores.
    Thanks again doc! 🙂

  • Moria Rogers
    September 14, 2015

    Dear Dr. Malone,

    Holy Jalapeño Fire Fingers! The only seconds that could free me from the fire burn of capsaicin was the giggle your blog provided. The warm water method made my knees buckle as I screamed out in pain. My final cure was Maalox. After four hours I read up on counter agents to pepper spray and came up with aluminum hydroxide and magnisium hydroxide. The pain went from a 9 to 2 in seconds. I had to keep applying for 30 – 45 minutes then I felt healed. This was a four hour ordeal for me that a simple care of gloves would have prevented.

  • La B
    November 9, 2015

    Tried your solution and it worked great. I had tried putting my hands in cold milk, and it worked fine as long as my hands were in the milk. When I took them out after about 2 minutes the burn came back. So I tried putting sugar in the milk (another suggestion from someone), same thing. I came across your remedy, and it worked great! I’m a whimp, so I can’t stand too hot of water, but it still worked just fine, and I only had some anti-bacterial hand soap with “exfoliating beads” (sand), so that’s what I used, then poured some olive oil on my wet hands, rubbed it all over and repeated the process. It’s been 45 minutes and only a slight burn has returned to just one of my fingers. I will try the process again to see if I can clear it all up. Now all I have to do, is see if hubby will take my contacts out 🙂 I don’t know why, but when you can’t touch your eyes they always seem to ITCH!!!!!!

  • Bill Lee
    January 1, 2016

    The oil and hot water trick … thanks!

  • Quin
    January 18, 2016

    You are my hero!! Thank you so much for your advice and article! I went through the exact same process of trying to fix my burning hands last night.
    The hot water method was soo excrutiating, but so worth it. I yelled and swore so much, and i repeated it 6 times until finally…I WAS CURED ! 100% relief
    This experience taught me a few things about life:
    1. no pain no gain
    2. sometimes you have to take one step back, before moving forward.
    3. be grateful for your non-burning hands
    Thank you again!!

  • Chelsea
    May 27, 2016

    Although it pained me to tears with the hot water…BLESS YOUR HEART!! Sweet sweet relief!

  • Amy Collier
    July 9, 2016

    Tried ALL kinds of remedies listed. Your 3x washing method (did 5) worked Soooo well! Thank You! I can finally get some sleep. Uhg, never again….

  • Pamela Renkei
    July 31, 2016

    Thank you thank you thank you!! The hot water and oil wprked!!!

  • Karin
    August 3, 2016

    You are a lifesaver! Thank you so much for sharing your experience so that I could find my own relief after trying milk, baking soda, chocolate… 🙂 I can finally go to sleep…

  • Danna
    August 7, 2016

    Thanks for posting this! It’s the only thing to ease the pain so far and it’s now tolerable.

  • Martha
    August 8, 2016

    Tried everything and my hands are still on fire- after 6 hours-certainly hope they are ok in the am and that I get some sleep! I diced two red jalapeños (the gardener told me the red jalapeños were not as hot as the green-wrong!) and decided not to use gloves-never again! So glad your remedy helped others…on the flip side, I added the peppers to cheese grits and the grits were the best I have ever tasted!

  • Shannon Wong
    August 14, 2016

    Thank you SO much! This really helped….

  • Hannah
    August 24, 2016

    Hi. I just wanted to thank you!!! Last night I was in unbearable pain. Had tried soaking hands in, ice water, double cream, olive oil, even wine!! But all of that only gave my hands a quick relief with no long lasting effect. At 2am this morning I tried google one more time as I knew I wouldn’t be getting any sleep and the pain was somehow getting worse! I came across this article and did as you said (my god it hurt) but was sooooooooooo pleased when finally the burning wasn’t as bad as the centre of a volcanoe (as that is what it had felt like for hours!) and more like a warmth from putting your hands near a fire, which I could cope with! I then put a fan on, put my hands infront of it and finally was able to sleep! Thank you so much I will never handle any type of chillie again with no gloves! And I especially won’t deseed really hot ones with my fingers!!! Ahhhh well, you live you learn!

  • Courteney
    October 6, 2016

    Ugh… I only found your site in my search for a cure to this burning tragedy and not before as a warning sadly.
    I have had my hands in what also felt like excruciatingly hot soapy water and oiled them and maybe I haven’t scrubbed hard enough but I am still suffering 24 hours later. Yeah you read that right. I did have periods of less pain in that time but now tonight I stupidly just peeled 10 lbs of tomatoes (for the salsa I cut the peppers for last night) and my hands in back on fire again. Maybe from the acid?

    Oh yeah… And last night before the full fire set in, I DID take one of my contacts out and the second I touched my eye I thought I might die. I used half a bottle of contact solution directly into my eye just to survive. My husband removed the other one. This has been a horrible ordeal and like you, one I’ll NEVER repeat. Gloves only!!!!!

  • Linda
    December 18, 2016

    Thank you EVER so much! I had a great harvest of Dragon peppers this year. I made several jars of pickled peppers but still had a lot left over. So I decided to dry them and use the seeds as hot pepper flakes. It crossed my mind to use gloves but have never had a problem before. Needless to say I found myself in the same excruciating pain as you. Since reading your post I’ve done two rounds of hot water wash and olive oil and feel so much better already. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!

  • Irina Klyuev
    January 13, 2017

    Thanks so much for sharing this. I had this yesterday and sadly didn’t find your post earlier, however the hot water also seemed to be the only helpful element. I went through the whole list. Vinegar, milk, yoghurt, alchohol, …. Strangly in my case the burning sensation started 6 hours after I handled only 2 jalapenos.

  • Crystal
    January 14, 2017

    Thank you for your advice!!! Had this happen to me today and googled how to relive (I don’t use jalapeños much). Came across your article, did the work, finishing with a 4th soaping. I feel much better now…

  • cheryll
    April 29, 2017

    Thank you thank you thank you!

  • Gaby
    June 6, 2017

    Thank you SO much! this finally helped after reading a lot of online advice!

  • Jacob
    June 16, 2017

    Thank you Dr for the valuable advice!
    You saved my life-or at least my night!
    I’ve never handled jalapeno peppers before and I literally felt like my hands were burning off!
    Thank you and all the best to you!

  • Franklin G
    June 25, 2017

    I can`t thank you enough for your advice for reducing the burning sensation after handling jalapenos. I had never suspected there would be problems. Today at about 5 PM, I made salsa and cut a jalapeno pepper without gloves. By 10 pm, three fingers of my left hand began feeling numb and burned. At about 12 AM, I read your post, followed your advice and now they feel much, much better. Thank you so much.

  • Audrey
    July 3, 2017

    Thank You! so glad I found this page. My poor hands have been burning all day. thanks to you their all better.

  • Hanane
    July 8, 2017

    Thanks a lot dear!After 4 hours of pain, your remedy decreased it to be tolerable, you saved my life, thaaaaaaaaaaanks again 😉

    • Dr Peggy
      January 13, 2018

      Haha. I’m glad you are feeling better!

  • Mary
    July 12, 2017

    Thanks for the tips going to try them. We have a garden also and i didnt want our cayenne or jalapenos to go to waste, we have soo many! I decided to try pickling them. I cut up at least 50 jalapenos and 30 cayenne. Felt fine till the next day my hands have been on FIRE lol its worse on my left hand as this was the one handling them most. I should of wore gloves, praying these remedies help!!!!!

    • Dr Peggy
      January 13, 2018

      I hope you are feeling better. That burn is terrible…and definitely gloves are key from now on.

  • Nancy
    July 15, 2017

    It worked! I also tried everything you mentioned and nothing was helping. I washed dishes in soapy water, but even that didn’t help. But then I used the hottest water I could stand and used dish soap and rubbed my hands together and did this for a few minutes. Then I dried them and applied some olive oil. Then washed again in hot water and soap. That one cycle did it for me after trying everything else! Thanks for the hot water tip. I think that was key.

    • Dr Peggy
      January 13, 2018

      Yes! The hot water seems to be key. I’m glad it worked for you. I know how awful that burn can be!

  • G
    July 16, 2017

    Omg. Thank you so much. I cut a jalapeño pepper for the first time in my life completely oblivious to how dangerous these things are. Oh, the pain!! And I ate a small piece and my lips were burning. My mouth is fine now, but my hands had a delayed reaction…many thanks for this advice. I am on fire 🙁 🙁 comforting to know that this stuff is in my pepper spray should I ever need to use it! Powerful!

    • Dr Peggy
      January 13, 2018

      Yes it is definitely powerful! And delicious 🙂 I’m glad you are feeling better.

  • April
    July 16, 2017

    I CANNOT express how much I want to thank you for this article ;-;
    I thought I had nerve damage or something.
    But, then I was reading online and remembered I had cut jalapenos earlier today and then proceeded to take a hot shower. After over 5 hours of burning fingers, soaking and cleaning my hands with olive oil, vodka, and milk, I thought something was wrong with me. But then I found your article and tried your method and the pain is almost completely gone now. THANK YOU so much for sharing this info <3 🙂

    • Dr Peggy
      January 13, 2018

      I’m so glad you feel better. That would be especially scary if you didn’t know at first why your fingers were on fire.

  • Diane
    July 25, 2017

    It works! I too am thankful you posted this remedy. I worked like a charm. We grow peppers every year to make pepper sauce. I have cut up my peppers each and every year the same way without gloves and have never had this reaction. As a matter of fact I cut some about a month earlier without gloves with no problem. This time I didn’t know what was going on until I touch my lips and rubbed my eyes and while driving the sun felt like it was burning my hands. It did take me long to began googling. Your solution worked the first time, I didn’t know what I was going to do. So, that you so much.

    • Dr Peggy
      January 13, 2018

      Oh it burns!!! So glad to hear you got some relief 🙂

  • Nicole
    August 11, 2017

    THANK YOU!! I’m finally experiencing relief!! Should be able to sleep tonight!

    • Dr Peggy
      January 13, 2018

      Yay! Glad to hear that you got some relief!

  • Amy
    August 28, 2017

    Ugh. Did not work. ☹

    • Dr Peggy
      January 13, 2018

      Sorry to hear that you didn’t get relief with this method. I hope you are feeling better!

  • Scott
    September 17, 2017

    In addition to the hot water and soap, I used technu made for poison oak.

    • Dr Peggy
      January 13, 2018

      I’m glad you found a great solution and got some relief!

  • Sandy
    September 24, 2017

    This is seriously the only things that brought relief- thank you for your post!!!

    • Dr Peggy
      January 13, 2018

      I’m so glad to hear that you got relief! That burn is terrible!

  • Mutti Anggitta
    December 15, 2017

    Dear Dr. Peggy,

    I’ve been meaning to write a comment and tell you how thankful I was and still am for this post on jalapeño! I suffered so much from jalapeno hand burn last Thanksgiving for about 12 hours from 7pm to 7am with no sleep at all. Just like you, I tried everything else but did not work. But unlike you, I needed to repeat the cycle for 5 times til I felt some relief! I cried and never hated hot water that much in my life. It was torture.
    Again, thank you very much for saving my life!

    Kind regards,

    • Dr Peggy
      January 13, 2018

      Hi Mutti,
      I’m so glad you finally got relief! I know how terrible that burn is. Gloves from now on!!

  • Maggie
    December 31, 2017

    Thank you for this! It truly was the only remedy that worked! After cutting 45 jalapeños my hands were on fire The other suggestions I found only provided temporary relief and it seemed like nothing would help! I too now know I’ll need gloves in the future!

    • Dr Peggy
      January 13, 2018

      I’m glad to hear that you got relief! The gloves are a must from now on 🙂

  • Frenchi' J.
    January 6, 2018

    I’m the poor soul tonight! I thought it was onions or the potatoes i spend hours cutting…so i was typing the word “vegetables” when googling burning hands. & surprisingly this was the 1st post to come up. Nevermind its 4:36am Jan 6th 2018 lol 7 years after your inital post…your still helping people, thank you!!

    • Dr Peggy
      January 13, 2018

      I’m so glad to hear that it helped! I know how terrible that burn is!!

  • Jules
    January 21, 2018

    Tried all of these and none worked. If anyone is ever suffering from this horrible burning pain, use like juice!!! It works 100%! And not just “brings the pain down to a level 2” work but “pain completely gone” works. Squeeze fresh like juice on your hands, rub, let air dry, repeat if necessary. I also did this right before taking a 200mg of ibuprofen and fell asleep and woke up painless. Way better than burning your already burning hands with warm water ??

    • Jules
      January 21, 2018

      Meant LIME* juice. darn autocorrect ??‍♀️

    • Dr Peggy
      February 19, 2018

      I’m glad you got relief with lime juice Jules. That isn’t the case for the majority of people. The oil trapped in the pores often needs the warm water to help it to escape so that it can then be pulled away from the skin with oil or citrus. The technique I’ve described here won’t further injure the skin as you’ve described. It feels like it’s burning but the warm water won’t add to the burn and many many people have gotten relief with this technique after trying a million other things (including using citrus).
      Remember your gloves for next time!!

  • Elizabeth Neal
    January 23, 2018

    Thank you so much! You just helped me recover from after cutting up one jalapeño pepper earlier today. Who know they could inflict such pain!

    • Dr Peggy
      February 19, 2018

      Hi Elizabeth. I’m so glad that you got relief. I always use gloves now but I remember how awful that burn is!

  • Sunny
    January 25, 2018

    After being on fire all evening from slicing serrano peppers, I took the plunge under the hot water and am so glad I did! I told my husband it was almost unbelievable the amount of relief I felt. Thank you for your wise remedy 🙂

  • Mychael
    January 29, 2018


    The only other time I have ever experienced a sensation like this was after a steam burn.
    I cut up one jalapeno (it was an organic doozy of a jalapeno), but still just one, and about two hours later my hand started burning like crazy. Unbelievable pain.

    But, This worked!

    Caveat – it takes a while, and the process is very very painful (Just want to temper expectations out there).

    Running your hand under hot water during this is terribly unpleasant, but it works, alongside the dish soap and olive oil, it works.

    For me, it was not immediate relief and it took about 4 different washes, and then about 30-40 minutes later the burning sensation subsided a great amount. I also used aloe vera, which helps the pain as well.

    Thanks for this – and for all of you just stumbling upon this site trying to figure out what to do – try this, and stay strong.

    Gloves next time for sure.

    Thank you Dr. Peggy!!!

    • Dr Peggy
      February 19, 2018

      I’m glad you finally got some relief Mychael! And thank you for sharing your story so others can know that it won’t always be a pleasant or instant process to get rid of that burn!
      Gloves next time is definitely something to lock in when it comes to working with hot peppers 🙂

  • Keith
    February 1, 2018

    Definitely did the trick for me, thanks!

    • Dr Peggy
      February 19, 2018

      I’m so glad to hear it Keith! That burn is terrible!!

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