Upon the first blast of contact, the eyes will close without warning, start to tear rapidly and start burning intensely. If you happen to accidentally get sprayed in the eyes, don’t panic. The effects are bothersome but not long-term. They will cause you to be debilitated for a period of time, however. Most often, the next symptom is immediate coughing, as your lungs will be inhaling the pepper spray and you may not be able to breathe clearly. Pepper spray can make your coordination awkward as your body tries to recover from the ingestion.
If you do happen to get sprayed trying to defend yourself, be sure to blink rapidly to try flushing the pepper spray out of your eyes quickly. As you do this, be sure to be heading toward safety in an area with clean air. Remove your clothing as soon as possible and wash all areas of your body.
Here are some facts about how pepper spray affects someone who gets sprayed:
Unlike tear gas products, pepper spray used on those under the influence does work.
Causes intense, temporary debilitating burning sensation
Causes non-lethal inflammation of all mucous membranes in the eyes, nose, mouth and lungs.
Cause eyes to slam shut from intense burning and temporary blindness.
The effects will last from 30 minutes to 2 hours.
Antidotes for pepper spray include milk and Dawn
If you accidentally spray yourself, use soap to get it off your skin.
Never apply oil or lotions to areas that have been in contact with pepper spray, as it can trap the capsicum in your skin and cause blisters.