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Why should gloves be worn when handling hot peppers?

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Wear gloves when you handle hot peppers because they can cause a severe burning sensation where the pepper juices irritate the skin. Cold water and creams might help relieve the pain.

PREPARED BY: Angela M. Fraser, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Food Safety Specialist, and Carolyn J. Lackey, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N., Professor/Food and Nutrition Specialist, North Carolina State University (August 2004)

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