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Chili Pepper Burn Overview

Another name for Chili Pepper Burn is Hot Pepper Burn.

What is a hot pepper burn?
A person with a hot pepper burn has damage to the surface of the mouth, caused by chemicals found in hot peppers.

What are the symptoms of a hot pepper burn?
The most common symptom of a hot pepper burn is mouth or tongue pain. Other symptoms include lip pain, runny nose, and eye tearing. Rare symptoms of hot pepper burns include mouth or tongue blisters.

How does the doctor treat a hot pepper burn?
Almost all pepper burns heal without treatment. Oral blisters usually heal within 10 days.

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Last Updated: Aug 27, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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