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Chili Pepper Burn Evaluation

The evaluation of a hot pepper burn includes a history and physical examination.

The diagnosis of hot pepper burn is made during physical exam:

Physical findings in someone with hot pepper burns include:

Tests are not required to evaluate hot pepper burns.

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Last Updated: May 2, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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