Aluminum Foil Works for Burns!

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Posted by Tarnia (Weymouth, Uk) on 04/29/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I've steam burnt my thumb tonight after 10mins under cold water, the stinging was still there. I tried some cream but it still hurt, I read about this tin foil and omg it works, I sat here for over an hr with 2 ice pops and everytime they melted it hurt again this foil is amazing usefull tip. Thankyou internet and whoever came up with this mad idea. You're my hero tonight

Replied by Photoshooter
Superior, Wi, Usa
04/30/2012

I have another great remedy for localized burns. I was working in a bagel bakery and one day I thought the kettle fire had gone out (real bagels are boiled). When I tried to move the cover for the fire I was wrong. The fire had not gone out and my thumb and index finger were seering on the cover. I was in so much pain that I could not let go. It was sure to blister and scar. I worked with a naturalist and she said to hold a dill pickle. I did for about an hour. Not only did it work for cooling the burn, it did not scar or even blister. Most people think I am crazy when I tell the story, but I swear she was right.

Replied by Peggy
Mentone, Ca Usa
06/20/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I steam burned my finger badly tonight removing covering form veggies cooking in micro. Not knowing you aren't supposed to apply ice that is what I did immediatly and then continued to apply for about two hours. I also tried fresh aloe vera from garden and a cream with a numbing ingrediant and neither worked. I came to the computer to do some research and found this site. I first wrapped in foil with ice compress but not much relief and finally removed compress. I still have some pain but it is so much less I can'r believe it and I may even be able to sleep which I feared I wouldn't with the amount of pain I was having. I am amazed and will share this remedy with friends and family! Thank YOU!!!!!!

Replied by Gracie
Brisbane, Australia
08/29/2012
5 out of 5 stars

It was instant relief! Now I can sleep thank you!


Posted by Woolvett (Shelburne, Nova Scotia) on 04/15/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Yea, this so worked! I burned myself moving a hot log and it really hurt I ran it under cool water ( never apply ice it makes it feel better but burns the skin more) when I wrapped the foil once around my thumb the pain intensified for a minute and then eased up a lot. By fifteen minutes it had faded to almost nothing. Interestingly the foil around the burn was really hot. It seemed to transfer the heat away from the bUrn. Cool!


Posted by Angela (Mount Vernon, Missouri) on 04/01/2012
5 out of 5 stars

After reading that aluminum foil worked for a lot of people I thought I'd try it. I burnt my pinky and ring finger when the spaghetti pot slipped as I was draining the boiling water off. One thing that a lot of people said was that the pain increased after putting the aluminum foil on. It didn't increase for me, just was the same as when I took my hand out of the cold water, but that was really bad pain. After I put the foil on I put a zip lock bag full of cool water on top of the foiled fingers. This decreased the burning. I was able to increase the amount of time I had my foiled fingers out from under the bag until they were no longer burning. I went ahead and left the foil on over night even though they weren't burning anymore. If you can stand the burning, just dealing with it for awhile is probably good, but for kids I'd suggest my approach.


06/14/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Yes aluminum foil works I was just trying to pour some tea next thing u know my whole left hand is in so much pain after a couple of hours of trying water that only helped for like 5 min I put aluminum foil helped so much.


Posted by Natali (Phoenix, Az ) on 03/02/2012

A lot of people here are suggesting the foil method. However, I don't have any tin foil on hand to try it out. I had been contently soaking my fingers in ice water after being burned by super hot liquid, but came across a post warning of this. The person stated that soaking your burn can increase the pain and likelihood of blistering from the skin swelling with water. Since this made sense to me, I read more posts. It seems the foil works by blocking air from the burn, so I figured plastic, also less daunting than foil, would have the same effect. It did! The waves of pain are further apart and the intensity is diminishing. I recommend this method for those wary of having foil rubbing against such a sensitive injury.


Posted by Rj (Lewisville, Texas) on 03/01/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Tin foil works excellent for burns. I burnt my finger with hot wax and I had no one around to help me. I got onto the internet and read about tin foil. It worked wonders for me since I couldn't take my hand out of cold water for almost 20 mins and was dying with pain. Wrapping the foil around the finger calmed the pain to a great extent that I can now type my experience out.

Replied by Ellen
Fall River, Massachusetts, Usa
03/08/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Burned my thumb opening the crock pot. Over an hour of cold water and ice... I put baking soda on and covered it with the foil. Much better. How WEIRD!!!

Replied by Yb, Pa-c
Brooklyn, NY
03/11/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I suggested the aluminum foil to a patient after aloe and lavender oil did not make a difference. The foil did wonders in about 2 minutes! It is hard to believe but it works.

Replied by Tena
Champaign, Illinois
03/24/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Yeah! The foil sounded crazy, but when you are in pain you will try anything. While lifting the foil from a pan of ribs that just came out of the oven the steam rolled across the top of my thumb. Spent the last 2 hours holding ice cubes on it but as soon as I pulled the ice away the pain and burning came back. Thought I would check EC and see if anyone had a quick cure. The Tin Foil WORKS!!! Thank you all! That's why I keep coming back to this site. Love EC!

Replied by Nex
Athens, Greece
04/02/2012
5 out of 5 stars

What more can I say, aluminium foil wrapped well around my badly burnt index finger, rapid fast relief after 10 min... Grateful indeed!

Replied by Lindsay
Urbana, Il
06/05/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Just burned my thumb taking hot oatmeal out of the microwave. Ice wasn't doing it, so I googled burn remedies and found this page. The tin foil is really helping! The burning sensation is slowly diminishing. Thanks, everyone!


Posted by Lori (Oakville, Ontario, Canada) on 02/23/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I burned my hand tonight while serving home made soup. A minute before it had been simmering on the stove. I kept my hand in cold water for 3 hours, but the pain was so severe each time I took it out, I knew I had to do something. Like many others I was skeptical about the tinfoil, but it is amazing. I look like an alien with the wrapped fingers, but the pain is gone. Thank you all!


Posted by Kimbolicious (Red, Ca) on 02/11/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Works! Was in pain for 4 hrs then found this site within 15 min. of applying foil to the burns from being scalded to the point of 2nd degree burns across my hand, the pain was almost completely gone. Burn blisters went down and it scaled and peeled 3 days later without any pain. Definitely try it if you're in pain- no joke it works.

Replied by Fal
Abr, Raj
02/22/2012
5 out of 5 stars

My finger burnt when I was playing with lighter and plastic some white skin appeared. I removed it and put my finger in ice. The time I remove my hand it starts again. I apply burn heal it provide rest but after a worry like a 2 step walk it pains. Then I see this site. I remove cream and wrap aluminium for some time. It heats and hurt but after some time it make me able to sleep quietly at night.

Replied by Tricia
Eugene, Or
02/27/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I burned my thumb pulling something out of the oven and tried the foil remedy. It worked and I just want to thank everyone for taking the time to share your results!

Replied by Kelly
Sydney, Australia
03/14/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I was making crepes late last night and not thinking properly, grabbed a plate that had been sitting in a 180 degree oven for a good 10 minutes with a thin teatowel. A blister immediately formed on the tip of my thumb and like most people here, ran it under cool water and then placed it in a bowl of cold water. Every time I lifted my thumb out of water, severe pain and aches would happen again.

I hopped on the net hoping a solution would help me and voila! Found this site, and was at first incredibly skeptical about the effectiveness of tin foil. An hour into reading the comments I decided to give it a go due to my tiredness and at first it didn't seem to work until I read someone's comment about too many layers of foil. Unwrapping half the layers I had on, I could feel the effects of tin foil immediately!

Super glad to have found this solution and have recommended it to those close to me!


Posted by Linda (St Asaph, Denbighshire) on 01/26/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Foil for minor burns definitely works, thanks to everyone posting :)

Replied by Megan
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
02/01/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Yes!!
Somehow I managed to burn my finger really bad on a Pop Tart.. I went to take it out of the toaster and some of the strawberry gooeyness had came out of the middle and on to the part of the Pop Tart I grabbed (of course.. Had to be that part I grabbed, right?! Lol) It blistered instantly and the pain was soo severe I couldn't sit or anything.. I was just pacing and swearing.

I then grabbed a bowl and filled it with freezing cold water to put my finger in so that the pain would ease up (as the pain is caused by the air hitting the damaged nerves from one burning themselves).. I couldn't take my finger out of the water for more than a couple of seconds without the pain returning just as severely..

So I went to google some solutions for the pain and found this website. I first read about alcohol.. I didn't have any rubbing alcohol so I tried vodka and tequila. Neither one worked... I then tried aloe vera gel, which took away the pain as soon as I applied it for about 5 seconds if that..

Then I came across the tin foil.. And if you think about it, it is brilliant... Because gauze and stuff is porous it is pretty easy for air to get to your burn.. But tin foil isn't so it is very difficult for air to get passed it. I got the tin foil ready with my finger in a freezing cold damp cloth.. Then I quickly took the cloth away and put the tin foil over my finger and fastened it with an elastic band to try and prevent any air coming in from the bottom. And I must say the pain is basically gone and was as soon as I put it on.. It's been on for about 10 minutes now.. I still feel some minor pain, but nothing compared to what it was.. I would say the pain has decreased 97% so is only 3% of what it was.
It really works.. You'll be pleasantly surprised :)

Replied by Paulinha
Vancouver, Canada
02/24/2012
5 out of 5 stars

It does work!!!!! I burnt my whole index finger with scalding hot steam... I immediately put my finger in cold water, it eased the pain but the second I took it out of the bowl with water it hurt so much felt like my finger was directly on flame... I tried potatoes slice, worked for only 5min, so searching online I came across here and tried the foil... I wraped my finger and it was still hurting like folks here said it would hurt for about 10-15min... After half hour pain was complety gone... No blisters, the swelling and redness went away... It's amazing!!!! I even came back here to write about it... That's how much it works!!!!


Posted by Jenn (Lake Stevens, Wa) on 01/08/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I burnt my thumb and forefinger on a hot bowl from the microwave tonight, ouchee mama! Cold water and ice packs didn't work for more than 30 seconds. Egg white and aluminum foil stopped the throbbing pain after 3 very painful mInutes when ice packs didn't after 2 hours. I'm a newfound believer of home remedies!!

Replied by Kitchenaide
Yukon, Oklahoma
01/12/2012
5 out of 5 stars

So, being the skeptic that I am, I read these remedies for burns but waited another hour to give the foil a try. Earlier this evening I was checking some squash cooking in the microwave. Knowing full well to watch out for the steam locked in the cling wrap, I hurriedly grabbed the plastic and tried to quickly lift. So, apparently, my cat like reflexes had the night off unbeknownst to me. I was burned really bad on the top of my thumb as the plastic stuck to my forefinger exposing my thumb to the direct line of steam. That crap won't stick to anything before, how strange it chose to do so to my finger.

After running under cold water for 5 minutes, then keeping an ice pack on it for 2 hours, and finally a bag of frozen sweet corn for an additional 1.5 hrs, I resigned myself to finding additional relief on the Internet as it was still extremely painful when not in contact of direct cold. The tinfoil remedy worked to alleviate the worst of the burning within 15-20 minutes. I'm no baby to pain. I'm a mother of 5, and have accidentally gotten my hand in a deep fryer while helping my chef at my job. That flipping hurt, but this was strangely worse. It works for stopping the immediate pain. Some burning does come and go. I will sleep with the foil on and pray there is no blistering come morning. Thanks

Replied by Joanne
Allentown, Pa
01/17/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I burnt the 4 fingertips on my right hand while I was cleaning my countertop. I had just shut my electric stove off a minute before. Without thinking I leaned over to get something and put my finger on the still hot glasstop burner. The pain was awful and I held my fingers under cold running water for several minutes then used an ice pack for the next 2 hours. Everytime I took my fingers off the ice pack it hurt like crazy.

So I googled ideas for treatment of burns and found this site. I read about the foil treatment and was reluctant but so many people had said it worked. So I wrapped my fingers in foil and as most said, the burning intensified for a few minutes then seemed to feel numb and virtually pain free. I kept the foil on and once in a while I could feel some heat but then it would go away. Resolved the pain much better and faster than the ice pack. When I removed the foil after 2 hours not only was the pain gone but the white fingertips I was so sure would be blistered looked normal.

Now 4 hours later here I am able to type this message even with my burnt fingertips with no pain. I am just amazed. Don't understand it but it definitely is the best burn cure I know. Thanks to all who told their story here to make me a believer.

Replied by Mel
Auckland, New Zealand
01/19/2012
5 out of 5 stars

My six year old daughter burnt her thumb on the toasted sandwich maker. I put her thumb under cold water for ages but it was so sore when I took it out of the water, she was not coping at all. We tried a cold ice pack with a towel under it for a long time. She was screaming and crying and I had run out of things that I knew to try. Thankfully I found this site with a lot of people saying that tin foil worked. I read her some of the stories to convince her it was a good idea and then we tried it out. It was still sore for a few minutes but because people had said that would happen she was willing to keep it on. The intense pain subsided quite quickly. Periodically it went on and off being a little bit sore but it got better quickly and then it wasn't sore at all. She slept with the tin foil on and this morning it was better. This definitely seems to work and was a huge relief. Thank you so much.

Replied by Amy W
San Mateo, Ca
01/28/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Wow. I am impressed. I am an emergency room nurse of 25 yrs and never heard of this until tonight when I placed my fingers by accident on the inside of my little rotisserie oven. Fingertips turned white on two fingers and crazy painful unless soaking in bowl of cool water. Cool water is always the best initial treatment for 20-30 min to stop the burning process. If no 3rd degree burn or open areas, best to just cover it because it is exposure to air that causes pain. You think its actually removing it from the cold that causes pain, but it is actually air, simple air, hitting the burned nerve endings. Being submerged in water removes all air. So I wrapped it in gauze-- pain. Wrapped it more- more pain and bad words. That gauze is pretty airy.

Went online and saw this foil thing-- brilliant! Pain free in less than 10 minutes, wrapped foil to skin contact, no air hitting my burn! crazy simple, but true. Considering I just spent the last 40 minutes swearing under my breath, I know the cure is related to the foil. Almost immediate relief. I thought my whole night would be wasted in pain and taking ibuprofen, but other than my silver wrapped fingers, its gonna be a normal night. Never even popped an ibuprofen.

Note: if skin is broken, blisters, and/or burns are greater than an inch or two in diameter, 3rd degree burns, or any burn on an infant or child, go to your doctor or local ER immediately. Don't mess around with serious burns.


Posted by Tiffany (Boston, Ma) on 01/01/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Yes! Yes to Foil for Burns - On Christmas day, I burned four finger tips while grabbing a plate that had been sitting on a hot burner for quite some time. While in excruciating pain.. My awesome sister-in-law looked up what to do on earthclinic.com and recommended wrapping my hand in foil. "Excuse me?! ?! "... But I trusted her and did it. I could definitely feel the throbbing coming and going, but after only 30min I can honestly say that the pain had gone away. So much so... When my husband asked me how my hand was 45 min after the incident... I actually held up my hand to check on it for redness or blisters.. And he laughed because it was the 'OTHER' hand that had been burned. Big Time Believer.

Replied by Bananas
Columbia, Sc
01/04/2012
5 out of 5 stars

This is so crazy! I can't believe this works. I burned two fingers on my dominant hand about four hours ago and I'm going nuts! I read about the aluminum foil trick and I will say it's been about five minutes and already I can at least stand the pain. I did the cold water thing, but I couldn't take it out for even a few seconds without the pain coming back - I kept it out for about 20 minutes while pacing and talking to myself and now the aluminum foil! Magic. I feel like the pain is slowly easing up!


Posted by Shelly (Vacaville, Ca) on 12/13/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Burned my middle finger tonight when making peanut brittle. The boiling hot mixture stuck to my skin and blistered instantly. Even though I put it in cold water right away, the pain would not subside. I kept a frozen bag of veggies on it for 3 hours. When I would remove it, the pain was horrible. I tried applying aloe vera. No help. Desperate, I searched online. Found this sight and read of the tin foil. Wrapped it around my finger. For 10 minutes, it burned pretty bad. Within a half hour it only mildly hurt. It has been exactly one hour now and I'm comfortable with typing with both hands. It's still on, but no real pain to speak of. Will sleep with it on. I'm a TOTAL believer!


Posted by Leigh (Sussex, Uk) on 12/04/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Thank you for your excellent website. I had a burn and was half out of my mind with pain. When I saw the comments about tin foil I thought everyone had a screw loose. Oh skeptical me..... it worked and I am astonished! Thank you so much.


Posted by Another (Somewhere, South Pacific) on 12/01/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Yea. Well after seeing a few people use aluminum foil successfully for burns last week I tried it on my finger. I touched a hot pan and got a small burn, after putting it under cold water I wrapped it in foil for about an hour. All gone. Thanks everyone as I would not have tried it without your experiences.


Posted by Natalie (San Francisco, Ca) on 10/31/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I'm stunned. I am actually recovering from surgery so the last thing I needed in the world was a nasty steam burn on my thumb. I'm exhausted from the pain of the surgery as is, and just sat down and cried when I realized I had burned myself. I was opening up a frozen meal and am usually so careful about doing this quickly and getting my fingers out of there fast, but this one got by me (horrible timing). It was stuck a bit, and I wasn't able to pull away fast enough. The steam was mindnumbing and only hit my tender skin for maybe a second or so, and yet it was excruciating. The only peace I had was running it under cold water (you can only do this for so long).

I tried my trusted Aloe Vera Gel and it would not calm things down. I tried baking Soda and water and still no relief. I had this calming gel for surgery that is made by Avene, and that didn't even work. I was getting panicked because I had a long night ahead of me and it was hard to sleep as it is with the pain I am enduring from my surgery. I googled and found this site and read as much as I could before having to run my thumb under water every 5 minutes or so.

I thought you guys were literally insane when I read about using aluminum foil. It even sounds scary to be honest. I am sure there is some scientific explanation somewhere, but it actually worked! I still cannot believe it! I became so desperate that I tore off a piece of foil and wrapped it around my throbbing thumb and waited. The pain was crazy for about 10 minutes, and then I began to realize I was actually watching television and no longer focused on the burn! After an hour, the pain was actually gone!!!!!!

Wow!!

I don't even care how it works at this point. I'm soooo grateful to you guys! Thank you!!!

Replied by Homesteader
Leesburg, Va, Usa
11/13/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Tried to move a logsplitter we'd been running and put my hand full on the (very hot) muffler - nasty 2nd degree burn to my whole palm and thumb. I had ice on the burn for about 3 hours and as long as the ice was on, it was tolerable. I only tried the aluminum foil idea because so many people had yea'd it.

It took about 24 minutes to calm the pain but it worked. I found the aluminum had to be in direct contact with the burn, not just wrapped around my hand. Here I am, typing with both hands. Unbelievable.

Replied by Bcirelli
Frisco, Texas, Usa
11/25/2011
5 out of 5 stars

OH. MY. GOODNESS! I burned my left hand yesterday (2 fingers and part of the hand) on my searing pan right after I took it out of the oven, while broiling some turkey for Thanksgiving. It was nasty. Bad. Painful. This happened at around 6pm, and I went straight for the "running water and egg whites" trick, cause it always worked for me - and I'm the Queen of the kitchen burn! :/

It wasn't enough though, so as always, I wrapped some ice in a hand towel, and wrapped that around my fingers. Las time I seriously burned myself in the oven, having my arm wrapped in ice for 2 hours helped immensely... But not this time. I spent the last SEVEN and a half HOURS with my hand in a plastic bag with water and a couple ice cubes to keep it cool, and as soon as I took my hand out of the bag, I'd cry in pain. Cry, as in an "I can't freaking stand it" kind of pain. I had read this tip here hours earlier, but I have to admit I didn't have the courage to drop the ice bag. I kept thinking I didn't want to wait 20, 30 minutes in severe pain like some said here, and told my husband the ice bag was doing better. Of course, I didn't think would take me over 7 hours to get anywhere. And then I said "what the heck, it's been too long anyways". So, at precisely 1:17am today, I wrapped my fingers loosely in a gauze thing after applying a thin layer of antibiotic ointment with pain relief (just in case the huge blisters would burst), and gave the foil stuff a try. It hurt SO bad in the beginning! I kept a cold water bag under my hand just to help ease the burning a bit, and in exactly 30 minutes, I realized it was barely hurting anymore. Now it's 2:30am and I am shocked - and happy! - to announce that the pain is GONE. Plooft! Over! What - did I burn myself?

And I did NOT want to try it - so if anyone is reading this for the first time, please don't wait 7 hours like I did. This stuff is magical. I was about to leave for the ER after trying everything you can think of. But this is awesome! THANKS A LOT!!!

Replied by Davidmagone
Livingston, Montana, Usa
11/25/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Thanks to all of you who have posted on this topic!

Last night, I pulled a Turkey out of the oven and inadvertently grabbed the hot handle of the pan as I was preparing to put it back in. It sounded like I had branded myself, sizzling sounds and all. When I pulled my hand away, I could see the skin around my palm beginning to contract and what looked to be some pretty fierce blisters beginning to form.

I put my hand under cold water for a few minutes and applied burn cream afterward, but my hand felt as though I had injected a hefty dose of cayenne into my palm. I've had great luck on this site before, so I hopped on to my laptop to see if there any alternatives to what I had already done. I ran across the 64 yeas for aluminum foil and hesitantly decided to give it a go.

When I first put wrapped the foil around my thumb and palm, it amped up the pain pretty substantially. Others had written about this though, so I stuck it out. Gradually, the pain started to lessen until after around 45 minutes I was able to take the foil off for two to three minutes before a lesser degree of pain began to return. I kept it on for the next two hours and when I took it off again, I was able to leave the foil off for the rest of the night with a very moderate degree of pain, and no blistering whatsoever.

Just before I went to bed, I soaked my hand in egg-whites and let them dry on the skin. When I woke up this morning, my hand was in really great shape. There are no blisters at all, and I can fully squeeze and extend my hand. All in all, it looks as though I burned my hand about a week ago as opposed to last night.

Amazing.

Replied by Ginny
Podunk, Idaho
11/25/2011

Next time you burn or cut yourself, apply turmeric mixed with a few drops of coconut oil to make a thick paste. Apply this morning and night and cover with a band aid. Usually by day 4 the wound is pretty much healed. Keep applying for a few more days, this helps to prevent scarring. Coconut oil is one of the best cures for burns. Ever wonder why they put it in suntan lotion?

Replied by Jenni
Colorado Springs, Co
11/17/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I grabed a 400 degree cookie sheet and burned my fingers. I was in some seious pain. I don't belive it, but I'm sitting here with three fingers taped up in foil, looking like an idiot, with ZERO PAIN!

I tried cold water - great but not practical. I tried alcohol on cotton and that worked great too, but I was running out of alcohol. After about an hour I decicded to try the tin foil. Its an hour later and while it's difficult to type, I am pain free!

I'm going to wear them overnight and see if I have the same luck as one of the other posters had and be able to type again. I work on a pc, so I am keeping my fingers crossed, or should I say "taped"?

Replied by Zb
Los Angeles, Ca
01/02/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I grabbed a cast iron pot that wasn't completly covered by a potholder and burned the insides of my index and middle fingers where large white blisters popped up immediately along with a lot of pain. After dipping them in cool water for ~30 minutes, I gave the foil wrap a try and after ~45 minutes in the foil, the pain had subsided to a manageable level. Not sure why or how this works, but it definitely made a big difference for me!


Posted by Bre (Stoney Creek, On) on 10/31/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Making candy apples for Halloween I did not resist the temptation to taste quick enough. I burned my finger to the point that it instantly blistered and went white. Just like most people I soaked it in cold water for 30min and realized I was not going to be able to do this all night so I checked for remedies on the computer and landed here. Baking soda did not help, but putting the foil on actually instantly gave relief! The pain in my finger came back after a few moments, but not near as bad. After about 10 more minutes it lessened and so on. My burn is bordering on 3rd degree and this really helped keep it tolerable. Thank you to all for the great tip.

Replied by Jessica
The Berkshires, Ma/usa
11/07/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Holy s*** this actually worked. My husband thought I'd lost it. I mean, I'm a RN for god's sake. But I'd grabbed the handle of a pan that had been in a 400 degree oven. 50% of my hand had been burned. Some parts blistered. All white and all in horrible pain. After trying running water for 3 hours, raw honey, aloe, witch hazel, two Tylenol with codeine, and 800 mg of Motrin, I was still in excruciating pain and desperate. The only thing that relieved the pain was running water. And how was I going to sleep, let alone nurse a 5 month old like that? So I slapped on a fresh piece of aloe and wrapped the whole hand in foil like a boxing glove. My husband snickered and I said a prayer. The pain got worse but I told myself I'd give it 40 minutes. I couldn't see the harm. What did I have to lose? The pain worsened. But after 30 minutes it got better. Didn't go away, but lessened. Now 2 hours later it's actually a dull pain and I don't think I'll have trouble sleeping other than the fact that I have foil wrapped around my hand and have to nurse my baby in a few hours. I'm amazed and thankful. Thanks earth clinic and all of your crazy posts that convinced me to give it a try.

Replied by Lindaleedy
Bartow,, Fl.
11/18/2012

About 1 1/2 day ago I was frying up some Porterhouse steaks for my husband's birthday and I burned the left hand on the thumb joint ; awkward place --big area tho-- I went to E. R. and the doctor gave me some antibiotics; he said the burned area was a partial thickness or second degree burn. It would take months to heal and leave a scar { I didn't care about the scar. } Keep using that hand or it will freeze up or another words the muscles would die because of lack of use. The first I grabbed was the ice bag from the freezer, and we headed for the hospital. Linda



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