Burnt myself on boiling toffee making toffee apples (I know, ridiculous) and after 5 hours of keeping my finger in a glass of water decided I needed to find a remedy that would allow me to actually go to sleep! Came here and tried the aluminium foil trick. When I put it on my finger felt really hot and sore, more so than before. Now it's still sore, but not as much as it had been without it - still waiting so hopefully it'll begin to get less painful with time!
I was making rice on my stove, wrestling with the pot cover that sometimes will not fit on the pot. I wrestled a little too hard and tipped the pot of boiling water over, spilling it all over my right hand. Living in AZ in July, I have no cold water running from my faucet. I had to pour a bowl of referigerated filtered water and soak my hand in that. With my left hand I started Googling home remedies on my iPhone. I tried everything I could find, from onion juice to potato slices. In the end I had to settle for a cold compress to keep the pain away.
After about 5 hours, I finally found this site with people recommending foil. Decided to give it a try, but the foil made my hand burn so much I had to smother my foiled hand in the cold compress. After about an hour of holding my hand this way, I decided to change out the foil. Weird thing: as soon as I took the foil off, the burning went away. The pain has come back but nowhere as intensely as it had been before. Not sure if I'll try the foil again, but the cold compress is going to snuggle in bed with me tonight.
Alumininum foil does ease the pain. Im typing with foil on my burt finger now. It is still stinging, but it is not as bad as what it first was. I have been soaking my finger in cold water for about an hour and 30 mins and couldn't take it out without it hurting and burning like mad. Ive had the foil on for about 15 mins. At first it does hurt badly... But if you stick with it, it gets better! Thanks. :)