Serranos: is this an allergy?
June 30, 2011 4:16 PM Subscribe
Serrano peppers and (heat?) rash: sign of an allergy? Also, how do I stop the burning?
posted by randomname25 to Health & Fitness (9 answers total)
About an hour ago I was cutting up some serranos to put in soup. I accidentally touched my mouth, and then for a while my lips and face burned pretty badly, but time and sloppily drinking whole milk over the sink helped a lot.
Now though there are two red splotches to either side of my nose, and a big red mark on one side of my neck. They are not raised (like I've read hives are), but they all burn quite a bit. I put hydrocortisone on my neck which briefly soothed it but now seems to have made it worse.
1. Is this a sign of an allergy? I've cut serranos up several times without anything like this happening, and I've never had any issues eating them. I don't have any other food allergies. I'm thinking maybe my body's just overreacting to a regular capsaicin burn.
2. If it is an allergy, is it more likely an allergy to the capsaicin or to the serranos? In other words, will I have to avoid jalapeños and other peppers too?
3. Should I avoid the soup these are going into? I was really looking forward to it but I suppose avoiding a trip to the ER is more important.
4. How do I get the burning to STOP?