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Capsicum Peppers

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Oct 21, 2021.

What are other common names?

  • Capsicum annuum
  • Capsicum baccatum
  • Capsicum chinense
  • Capsicum frutescens
  • Capsicum minimum
  • Capsicum pubescens
  • African Bird Peppers
  • African Chilies
  • African Peppers
  • Aji
  • Bell Peppers
  • Bird Peppers
  • Capsaicin
  • Capsicum
  • Capsicum Fruits
  • Capzasin-HP
  • Capzasin-P
  • Cayenne
  • Cayenne Fruit
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Cayenne Peppers
  • Chile
  • Chile Peppers
  • Chili
  • Chili Peppers
  • Chilli
  • Chilli Pepper
  • Chilli Peppers
  • Chillies
  • Cis-Capsaicin
  • Garden Peppers
  • Goat's Pod
  • Green Chili Peppers
  • Green Pepper
  • Green Peppers
  • Hot Peppers
  • Hungarian Peppers
  • Jalapeno
  • Jalapeño Peppers
  • Louisiana Long Pepper
  • Louisiana Long Peppers
  • Louisiana Sport Peppers
  • Mexican Chiles
  • Oleoresin Capsicum
  • Paprika
  • Pili-Pili
  • Pimiento
  • Red
  • Red Peppers
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Tabasco Pepper
  • Tabasco Peppers
  • Thai Peppers
  • Trans-Capsaicin
  • Zanzibar Peppers
  • Zostrix
  • Zucapsaicin

What is this product used for?

Capsicum peppers include many types of chilies and peppers. They are often used as flavorings in food. Some people also use this product on their skin to help relieve pain and even some headaches. Other people apply this product in the nose to help reduce a runny nose. This product is used in self defense sprays.

What are the precautions when taking this product?

  • Always check with your doctor before you use a natural product. Some products may not mix well with drugs or other natural products.

  • Be sure to tell your doctor that you take this product if you are scheduled for surgery or tests.

  • Do not use this product with children under the age of 2 years.

  • Wash hands well after applying a capsicum cream.

  • Do not use this product on injured skin or open wounds. Also do not use on the face.

  • Take extra care if you are allergic to bananas, kiwis, chestnuts, avocados, birch pollen, celery, anise, coriander, cumin, fennel, paprika, or peppercorns.

  • Take extra care and check with your doctor if you have:

    • Asthma

    • Blood sugar problems

    • Blood pressure problems

What should I watch for?

  • Upset stomach

  • Heart burn

  • Burning or irritation of the skin or mouth

  • Coughing or sneezing

  • Runny nose

  • Sweating

When do I need to call the doctor?

  • Signs of a very bad reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Go to the ER right away.

  • Very bad belly pain

  • Very bad loose stools

  • Very bad skin reaction

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