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Child just rubbed eyes after picking up chili pequin peppers.

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Child just rubbed eyes after picking up chili pequin peppers. What to do to relieve the burn?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 3 years ago.

Dr. Rick :

Hi. I'll be happy to help you today.

Dr. Rick :

The good news is that the chili pequin pepper juice will cause no damage to your childs eyes.

Dr. Rick :

I see you already flushed with tap water. You should do that for at least 15 min.

Customer :

How do I remove any of the capsain (sp?) oil from his fingers so prevent any further irritation on his face?

Dr. Rick :

soap and water should take off the peper juice....how old is your child.

Customer :

5 1/2 yrs old. I know it is an oily substance from the peppers. Would alcohol sanitizer help remove from his hands?

Dr. Rick :

Soap and water should take off the oils. Alcohol wipes won't work as well, but they may help if soap and water is not available

Customer :

Ok. He has washed his hands several times with soap and water. His eyes feel better. Thanks

Dr. Rick :

Also take a warm soapy wash cloth and use that to get the oils off her eyelids/face.

Dr. Rick :

If it still hurts, and this sounds crazy but it works, put rinse his eye with cool milk.

Dr. Rick :

The milk absorbs the oils and sooths the eye. You don't have to do this if the above steps work, but cold milk really works

Customer :

Sounds good. If it continues I will try the milk. Thanks

Dr. Rick :

you can put the milk right on the eyeball without any damage

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Have a good evening. Let me know if you have other questions

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Customer :

Thanks for the help! Have a good night too

Dr. Rick :

Give him a hug for me....

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