Re: [CH] The value of rubber gloves

Jonathan T. Smillie (
Mon, 20 Apr 1998 09:14:50 -0500

At 08:31 PM 4/18/98 -0500, Michael Schapansky wrote:

>My question is, how many of you list members routinely use gloves when

>handling peppers?  What happens if you don't?

As a matter of routine, I do NOT use gloves or other protection when working

with chiles; this is a matter of practice and knowing what you can get away 

with (inured by several mistakes of the type you describe). That's not to say 

there haven't been times I WISH I had done so...

I have never experienced any kind of welting or rash when I DO get chile 

exudates on my hands. The most common side-effect is that if I cut and 

handle chiles in the evening, then the next morning when I shower, I find

that the hot water "re-activates" the chile oils and causes a mild but not 

unpleasant tingling/heat sensation on my hands. 



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