“Pepper spray particles cling to the eyes, nose, throat and lungs causing a violent but non-lethal reaction.”
What Pepper Spray Feels Like
So, you've bought pepper spray and carry it on your key chain but are wondering, "Exactly how good is this stuff going to work in an emergency?" Maybe you are shopping online and wondering whether a stun gun or mace is better for your personal self-defense.
In this article, we dive into exactly what pepper spray feels like and how it works on the nervous system. To learn about the pros and cons of pepper spray, we suggest you read the informative article: The Pros and Cons of Pepper Spray.
First and foremost: pepper spray is a VERY effective and VERY reliable method of self-defense; but it takes a few seconds to really take effect. Don’t panic and just keep spraying!!! As the effects takeover, your attacker will be temporarily immobilized so you can escape.
Most pepper sprays on the market today also contain a UV dye which will not wash off of your attacker. This is added to pepper spray as an additional safety measure which helps police authorities identify your attacker if he escapes the scene and is caught later.
⭐The Physical Effects of Pepper Spray
⭐Effects on the Respiratory System
- The throat will restrict and narrow.
- Temporary paralysis of the larynx will restrict air flow.
- Extreme coughing and gasping for breath.
- Nausea will overcome the attacker.
- Your attacker’s respiratory functions will return to normal within 20-60 minutes.
⭐Effects on the Skin
“The biggest advantage to self-defense that pepper spray offers is the distance it provides between you and your attacker.”
⭐Effects on the Eyes
The effects of pepper spray on the eyes is one of the most powerful self-defense benefits. The reaction is almost immediate and triggers uncontrollable tearing, involuntary closing of the eyelids, redness, swelling, stinging and temporary blindness to your attacker.
Pepper spray and mace cause temporary blindness but do not cause any permanent damage to the eye.
According to the Vision Eye Institute, the epithelial layer of the cornea is disrupted by pepper spray, so people with impaired corneal integrity (diabetes, dry eye or recurrent corneal erosion) are particularly susceptible to these effects, compared to those with good eye health.
⭐Effects on the Muscular System
Pepper spray products have a secondary effect on muscle coordination. As an attacker's mucous membranes react violently to this capsaicin compound, the body and brain go into full panic mode.
Your attacker may stumble, drop to his knees, not be able to run away and experience extreme disorientation by the effects that it has on the soft membranes (eyes, nose, lungs and throat). Defensive spray products are designed to debilitate an attacker’s immediate senses first. Often times, reports are that after the initial “blast” from a pepper spray and debilitating effects, the attacker still feels the effects that rake over his body for a long time.
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