I got chili in my eyes, help!

Question

Last night I cut chillis and accidently rubbed my eye afterwards. I was in agony and didn’t know what to do. I tried rinsing with water but eventually my friend poured milk into it to act as an alkaliser. This soothed it a bit but then the only thing that soothed it was when I held an ice block on it. Today it is better but tender. Was there a better way of treating it?

Submitted by Beautysouthafrica on 2 February 2016

Answer

Getting chili in your eye is extremely painful. I sympathize because it has happened to me more than once (you’d think I learnt the first time). Your friends’ advice to rinse it with milk was spot on. It is indeed the most effective way to neutralize the sting of chili. Using a shot glass or an eye bath to keep the milk in contact with your eye for a while works best. I have also heard that you can use olive oil or sunflower oil to rinse the eye as well, but I have never tried this myself. Use gloves when chopping chili or rub your hands with a bit of oil afterwards to prevent it from happening in the first place.

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