Botanical briefs: Capsicum peppers

Cutis. 2003 Jul;72(1):21-3.


Capsicum peppers are widespread, both in and out of the kitchen, both nationally and internationally. They contribute to burning and stinging of hands, mouth, and eyes in conjunction with food preparation and ingestion that is often unreported to the medical community. The literature is not abundant on the subject and often is confusing. This article provides brief yet detailed information about this important plant.

MeSH terms

  • Capsaicin / adverse effects*
  • Capsaicin / therapeutic use*
  • Capsicum*
  • Dermatitis, Irritant / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Plant Extracts / adverse effects
  • Plant Extracts / therapeutic use
  • Plants, Medicinal
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Skin Diseases / therapy


  • Plant Extracts
  • Capsaicin