What is your remedy for calming the burn from eating foods with hot peppers?

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  1. MarleneB profile image98
    MarleneBposted 8 years ago

    What is your remedy for calming the burn from eating foods with hot peppers?

    I took a bite of a food containing hot peppers and all of a sudden, my mouth bursted into "flames". I tried drinking milk, which is something I heard would calm the burn, but it did nothing to take the burn away. I was in pain for nearly a half hour afterwards. In case this happens to me again, I'd like to have some remedies on hand to tame the flame. Thank you for your solutions. Even if someone else has the same solution as you, please go ahead and list your solution. By doing so, I will have an indication of what most people suggest works.

  2. catmalone profile image75
    catmaloneposted 8 years ago

    My remedy that seems  to work for me always is drinking milk with ice in it. Milk tones down the flames for me. Milk contain casein, a lipophilic protein that washes away the fatty capsaicin molecules in which cause the burning. Its has also been said that yogurt work as well.

    Never try drinking water or other drinks when your mouth in on fire, it seems to intensify the heat. The best solution to put out the fire to me is using any type of milky product, but cold.  Milk, yogurt or ice cream would be ideal.

    1. MarleneB profile image98
      MarleneBposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I'm laughing now, but I wish I had known about not drinking water. I drank a LOT of water thinking that would help. Thank you for your other tips, too.

  3. Georgie Lowery profile image94
    Georgie Loweryposted 8 years ago

    If I'm having something spicy, I try to have something not spicy with it, like rice or potatoes or bread. They seem to take a little bit of th bite out of the burn. Your other commenter is right about water, it's a no-no!

    1. MarleneB profile image98
      MarleneBposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Good idea. I didn't have anything else with this dish - no rice, no potatoes, no bread - nothing. Now, I know better. Thank you.

  4. ChitrangadaSharan profile image90
    ChitrangadaSharanposted 8 years ago

    Honey helps a lot in such a situation. Keep it in your mouth for few moments, before swallowing.
    Cold milk is also good to soothe the burn.
    Misri or crystallized sugar is also an effective cure for calming the burn.
    Hope that helps.

    1. MarleneB profile image98
      MarleneBposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Honey? I always have honey at my house! I will have that standing by next time I eat something with peppers. I'll have to look for crystallized sugar. Thank you for your tips.

    2. Rochelle Frank profile image93
      Rochelle Frankposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I also have heard that sugar will take away the burn-- but honey sounds like an even better idea, since it would tend to coat the inside of the mouth.

  5. profile image0
    ExoticHippieQueenposted 8 years ago

    I can't believe that milk didn't work for you because that is the "go to" answer! Of course if you are eating hot peppers that are worse than a lake of fire, simply drinking milk might not be enough.  In that case, you are on your own~

    1. MarleneB profile image98
      MarleneBposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Yeah, I was extremely surprised the milk didn't work. I had milk and ice in my mouth and was still crying from the pain. That's when I came here for answers from my fellow hubbers.

  6. Woodmckinney profile image76
    Woodmckinneyposted 8 years ago

    Butter! Maybe it's a dairy thing, but I've got horrible acid reflux, so I cannot eat spices,but my entire family loved spices and peppers while growing up.
    If milk fails, eat some butter, let it sit on your tongue for a bit if your tongue is still on fire.

    Also, if you are ever cutting peppers and your skin starts to burn, rub butter on the burned area ( most likely the hands) - soothes it very quick!

    1. MarleneB profile image98
      MarleneBposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Butter is a new trick. I will add it to my list of remedies. Thank you.

  7. eroller profile image60
    erollerposted 8 years ago

    Hot  pepper is my favorite. Sugar works great for taking the burn away, but it is not the best. The best is  egg if you don't care eating uncooked egg. When you have time, you can make a test and cook very hot pepper together with egg.  No matter what kind of hot pepper it is, it will not burn your mouth after being cooked with egg.

    1. MarleneB profile image98
      MarleneBposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I'm scared to eat peppers right now, but when I'm over being scared, I'll try your idea. In the meantime, if I should eat a pepper and get burned again, I now have egg on my list of things to try. Thank you.


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