Red pepper or hot pepper whether crushed and dried or fresh. The component that gives chili pepper its hot bite is called capsaicin, study from the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center suggests that the component found in chili pepper capsaicin carry several benefits to the body and can even protect from prostate cancer but when eaten in high levels can cause potential irritations.
– Oral Problems.
One of the first and most obvious irritations of capsaicin, before it reaches to your system it must pass through your mouth which causes several irritations there. It acts as a caustic substance to the mucous membranes and can eventually burn your taste buds.
The same effect can occur on any skin that gets in contact with hot pepper so it is recommended to wear gloves before dealing with hot pepper. The University of Michigan Health System suggests eating a banana after eating chili pepper can protect the mucous membranes from burning up.
– Digestion Irritations.
Once the capsaicin reaches your stomach, it can interact with the acids present naturally in there and cause heartburn and acid reflux which can also result in a sensation of nausea besides the annoying burning sensation in the chest.
Capsaicin was one believed to cause ulcers, however researches proved that capsaicin doesn’t cause ulcers to develop just by itself yet it can aggravate and worsen the pain of existing ulcers.
Once the capsaicin get through your digestive system, it can prompt burning painful diarrhea, the more you eat of it the more aggressive the problem would be.
– Capsaicin and Asthma.
If consumed in high enough amounts capsaicin can actually trigger an asthma attack for those suffering from asthma as it could lead the air passages to spasm. This can be potentially dangerous and health threatening if you are not ready to deal with the situation medically by inhalers and medications. If you are prone to bronchil problems it is recommended to avoid capsaicin. If you eat something that contains hot pepper you can prevent symptoms or ease them up by using antihistamines.
– Other Irritations.
Capsaicin won’t only cause irritations if you eat it, if your hands are getting in contact with hot pepper and accidently touch your eyes, your eyes could get very irritated and will tear profusely so make sure to avoid touching your eyes while dealing with hot pepper.
In all cases it is better to have rubber gloves on while dealing with capsaicin in order to avoid the sunburn like sensations that can occur and last for a while.