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Is sniffing too much pepper dangerous?


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#1 Guest_Leonard Fairbanks_*

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Posted 23 June 2007 - 05:47 PM

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Posted 23 June 2007 - 06:02 PM

Well, I guess if you over-use it, it can hurt the membrances in your nose. Pepper is pretty strong stuff, you know :winkkiss:

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Posted 23 June 2007 - 07:29 PM

It's not strong enough for me :winkkiss:. I tried it for the first time today, and got four sneezes, which is better than nothing but still...I wish I could sneeze more often.

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Posted 23 June 2007 - 09:26 PM

I think sniffing some pepper would be fine, but over doing it could be bad. I think what VoOs said was probably true. It could damage somethings in your nose, doesn't pepper burn when it gets in your nose (I wouldn't know)? :wub: Be careful using pepper to induce, did you try somthing else?

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Posted 23 June 2007 - 09:47 PM

When I sniff pepper, it gets me a headache. :wub:

So I ususally dont do it. I would say theres probably a possibility of it being bad for you.

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Posted 24 June 2007 - 02:59 AM

If you're trying to induce, it's not the safest thing to use. A couple of ladies have tried it in the past when inducing for me and both burnt the lining of their nose with it.

Pepper causing immediate sneezing is mainly a myth perpetuated by cartoons.

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Posted 24 June 2007 - 05:25 AM

View PostMr Sneezy, on Jun 23 2007, 09:59 PM, said:

If you're trying to induce, it's not the safest thing to use. A couple of ladies have tried it in the past when inducing for me and both burnt the lining of their nose with it.

Owwww.  ;)

Aren't you just supposed to waft pepper in the air, rather than inhale it directly?

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Posted 30 July 2007 - 04:48 PM

Can just plain inducing a lot hurt your nose??? How often should you induce???

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Posted 30 July 2007 - 06:02 PM

I don't sniff it, just put a little in a Q-tip or in the tip of my finger and introduce it in the entrance of one of my nostrils.

pepper could be really dangerous in people who is allergic to it, because it could cause asphixia, so try it with care.

With Denisse we have experiment with various types of pepper and we found that White Pepper is the best for her, One fingertip can cause her a sneeze-fit of about 8 to 12 "explotions" xD

Edited by WLF2226, 30 July 2007 - 06:13 PM.


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Posted 16 August 2007 - 03:28 AM

I don't see why you would want to sniff some pepper. But it does sound like it can do some damage.

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Posted 16 August 2007 - 06:02 AM

I find amongst most people that the tissue method works a lot better, and it's totally safe, so thats another, safer alternative :huh:

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Posted 16 August 2007 - 06:03 AM

Never sniff pepper!!
it does nothing but burn you.

Myths are usually off in exact details but based on facts.

Pepper creates a sneezy atmosphere when it is used, which people have experienced while cooking, and this is where the idea comes from. Instead of smartly trying to replicate that experience we go over board and attempt to directly snort the spice.
If you want to use pepper to make yourself  sneeze, simply (as one poster has already said) create a mist of it in the air and  breathe in (Just as cooks do when they accidentily make themselves sneeze).  Make sure it is the finest pepper you can find and perhaps even white pepper.

Edited by resolution, 16 August 2007 - 06:09 AM.


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Posted 16 August 2007 - 06:08 AM

Everyone is different. For one person pepper may produce a whole bunch of instant sneezes. For another it may take ten minutes and then they're off. Someone might sneeze once and another person twenty times.

But if it's not working for you, simply sniffing more isn't going to help you. Try other methods as outlined in that sticky topic at the top of the page.

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Posted 16 August 2007 - 06:10 AM

View Postresolution, on Aug 16 2007, 07:03 AM, said:

Never sniff pepper!!
it does nothing but burn you.
Disagree. It's safe enough to try it once. Be gentle. Don't take too much (which is the usual mistake people make, because they assume that more pepper equals better results). You'll pretty soon discover if it works for you.

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Posted 16 August 2007 - 06:41 AM

View PostS_L, on Aug 16 2007, 06:10 AM, said:

View Postresolution, on Aug 16 2007, 07:03 AM, said:

Never sniff pepper!!
it does nothing but burn you.
Disagree. It's safe enough to try it once. Be gentle. Don't take too much (which is the usual mistake people make, because they assume that more pepper equals better results). You'll pretty soon discover if it works for you.


Didn't mean that it was too dangerous. I just meant that it is generally a waste of time, in addition to being painful;
Especially when far more efficient methods of using pepper itself exist.