Posted by Natalie (San Francisco, Ca) on 10/31/2011
[YEA] 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!!!!!!
I don't even care how it works at this point. I'm soooo grateful to you guys! Thank you!!!