In a story I'm writing, a character pops a (preferably entire, but if that's not plausible then perhaps just a small bite of) pepper into her mouth. I've googled and wikied peppers, and found that the hottest variety is habaneros, and that they cause the eyes to water, the nose to run, and a burning in the mouth. I'm not the biggest fan of spicy foods, thus my contact with peppers is next to none... and while normally I'm all for suffering for your art, I thought I'd ask before trying a pepper myself, seeing as I value my tastebuds.
What I'm wondering is a couple of things--one, how long does it take to feel the burning after you've eaten one--is it instantaneous or does it take a couple of seconds to kick in? Also, how long does it take for the pain to finally subside--the character will definitely be chugging glass after glass of water, but from what I've heard that only slightly helps.
Basically, I'm just looking for personal experience with peppers here. I want my readers to feel their mouths burning.
Thanks in advance for any help!