What is in pepper spray that makes it hurt?

Capsaicin. Greetings. The chemical active ingredient in pepper spray is Capsaicin. It's the spice that gives "hot pepper junkies" their endorphin rush. (Like me..... :)) keep it away from your eyes or mucus membranes.

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Can it hurt to be injected with pepper spray?

Pepper Spray. Should not be injected. I have no idea what kind of damage that could cause. It is meant to be sprayed. Read more...

How does pepper spray affect the body?

Capsaicin. Greetings. The chemical active ingredient in pepper spray is Capsaicin. It's the spice that gives "hot pepper junkies" their endorphin rush. (Like me..... :)) keep it away from your eyes or mucus membranes. Read more...

Could mosquito spray make a good alternative to pepper spray?

I doubt that. this has been tested. I would not rely on protecting your safety since it is not clear if it would be effective. Read more...

What type of washing or rinsing is best to recover from pepper spray?

Water. First, I have to say don't get pepper sprayed! But if you do it is going to take a some work to get it off. First, get out of your clothes. Use water(+/-shampoo)to rinse hair(can hold the pepper). Thoroughly wash your eyes with clean water. Then shower. Avoid touching eyes. If burning mouth, eat some bread/milk. Many sprays are not water soluble & washing your hair & body with milk may help more! Read more...
Oils or Alcohol. Capsaicin, the active compound of pepper spray, is not water soluble. This means that water does not get rid of it. It is soluble in oils and alcohols, so products that contain oil can work to remove it. The capsaicin dissolves in the oil, then soap and water is used to wash off the oil. Milk can remove it due to the casseins. 95% isopropyl alcohol (available in some states) should work too. Read more...
Soap. Simple soap and water on skin. Copious amounts of water or normal saline in the eyes. Read more...
Water isn't enough. Here is the solution (no pun intended) to your problem: http://www.pepper-spray-store.com/pages/antitdote. Read more...