Last night I decided to make a spicy coleslaw - I had some cabbage, a habanero, and some cilantro, so why not?
Now I know. I barely slept two hours last night because my hands were burning so badly. I was literally crying and contemplating a trip to the emergency room because the pain was so excruciating. My boyfriend did a little research online for some home remedies and I tried many of them - Tylenol, Benadryl, dipping my hands in milk, cleaning them with rubbing alcohol. Nothing brought any sort of lasting relief. I ended up lying in bed all night with my hands clutching an ice pack for dear life. Finally, around 5 AM the pain subsided enough that I was able to sleep. This morning I'm feeling much better, but a mild burning persists on a couple of fingers.
I know that some chefs use gloves to cut peppers, and although this is the only time I've had this kind of reaction, I will definitely glove up the next time I'm cutting the spicy little devils. (the slaw was delicious though...)