The Egg White Remedy for Burns

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Egg Whites for Burns

Egg whites are an effective natural treatment for burns. Not only do egg white help with common kitchen burns, they also bring relief to other types of burns including sun burns and rope burns.

How Can I Use Egg Whites for Burns?

The first thing to do for any burn is to cool it down quickly. Hold the burn under running cool water (not ice cold water) for 10 - 15 minutes. This will help to "take the heat" out of the body so that the skin will not continue to burn from the residual heat held in the body.

Crack an egg (or more if needed) into a bowl and remove the yolk with a spoon or even carefully with you hand. You can then immerse the burned area into the egg white. Keep it in the egg white for at least 20 minutes. One of our readers kept a burned area in egg whites for several hours!

Another option is to use a pastry brush to coat the burn with egg white. Let the egg white dry and repeat several times so that you have several "layers" of egg white on the skin. The "egg white skin" can be rinsed off hours later, or the next day.

Some of our readers have used a paper towel and soaked it with egg white and applied this to the burn. This method would only be suggested for minor burns. If the skin is broken and you apply a paper towel to the burn, you may have trouble removing it.

How Do Egg Whites Help Burns?

First of all, the egg whites are cold, which helps to pull the heat out of the burn.

Secondly, egg whites contain lots of nutrients - vitamins, mineral, and protein.

Egg white are also a popular fever reducing remedy. Something about egg whites is particularly cooling.

Cautions for Egg White for Burns

Because of the risk of salmonella, do not use egg whites for burns if the skin is broken. Try a different remedy, like honey.

Have you tried egg whites for a burn? Please share your story with us!

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Posted by Emrose (Statesboro, Ga) on 06/01/2018
4 out of 5 stars

While using a crocheted pot holder, I pulled a cast iron skillet out of a 325° F oven, set it on the stove, then needed to move it. I'd forgotten to ensure the entirety of the handle was covered. The kind of burn that results in a blister happened. Hubby suggested that I run cold water over it to take the heat out. I don't know about everyone else, but that only works while the burn is in the water. My hand would've felt as if it were on fire the second I stopped.

Instead, I searched for burn remedies in case there were some I didn't know about. The first one that made any sense was egg whites. Two went into a saucer, my hand soaking until I could lift it with minimal pain. For now (roughly 45 mins after the incident), I'm leaving the dried egg on. It hurts in proportion to how much I move my hand. At least I'm not stuck at the sink! I plan on using some honey (raw, unfiltered) once I feel the whites can be washed off.

Replied by Deirdre
(Los Angeles)

Hi, I suggest you get a manuka honey bandage from the burn section of the pharmacy for that right away. I had 2nd degree burn on the side of my arm from boiling soup exploding out of a blender lid a few years ago and wasted critical days trying other remedies for a large burn blister that ended up popping when I peeled off a bandaid (not good, delays the healing). The manuka bandaid was immediately soothing and incredible effective. I tried raw honey a few days before buying the bandaids but it was too messy and kept seeping out of the sides. Good luck, I know how painful it is!

(Statesboro, Ga)
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Thanks for the advice! It never blistered; possibly thanks to the eggs. I used honey, a paper towel, & an ace bandage to keep the honey in place/allow it to breathe. By the end of the day, it only hurt when touched. Today (the day after the burn), it only hurts when rubbed/scraped. This is definitely a remedy I plan on using again! By the way, I only burnt a small portion of my palm, so it's not a big wound.

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Posted by Fdm (Knoxville, Tn) on 05/19/2018
5 out of 5 stars

Due to an accident in which I spilled scalding hot water on tender skin on the underside of my wrists and was in terrible pain, I used egg white. Please note that the skin was not broken. First, I ran cool water over my wrists for 30 minutes, which took a lot of the initial heat out. However, unless I kept icy compresses on my wrists the pain was extreme and my wrists were still bright red. Even homeopathic cantharsis did not reduce the pain or redness. I decided to try egg whites, applied with a cotton swab. Pain was reduced to a tolerable level and redness diminished.

I did this several times, rinsing egg white off with cool water and reapplying egg white and allowing time for it to dry. With every application of egg white the pain diminished more and the color finally went to pink instead of red.

At this level of discomfort, I was able to sleep. When I woke the next morning the pain was totally gone. The area still remained somewhat pink, but there was no blistering and I was able to function completely normally. After coming home from work, I applied more egg white and did so again this morning. I'm writing this 48 hours after the injury and am still pain free, but the burn is still pink. There was also some swelling initially, which is gone this morning.

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Posted by Jim Adetula Engr. (Lagos, Nigeria ) on 04/09/2018
5 out of 5 stars

Thanks. I suffered severe burnt on my left hand from a powerbank that I modified to last longer than designed. Based on ur advice, I dipped my hand in cold water for about 70 minutes then broke an egg removed the white I used tissue paper to apply the raw egg gel several layers and now the already swollen hand returned normal within 7 hours. It was like magic. Along the way I took paracetamol. Thanks for ur advise.

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Posted by Cgull (Sydney) on 09/26/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Last night I scalded my left wrist with steam from a boiling kettle, the pain was excruciating, then I remembered the egg white trick I saw on the net . A few minutes after the egg white was administered there was only the slightest discomfort.

By this morning I had completely forgotten the incident. Then I noticed a few small blisters but a few hours later they all but one disappeared.

There is redness on the skin but no pain. I had similar burns before, but never have they healed so quickly.

Replied by Shelley
5 out of 5 stars

This is absolutely true.. I had grease burn on left hand.. Used the egg white method, pulled the heat right out, never blistered, no scarring!

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Posted by Tamstersq (Ft Myers, Fl) on 09/16/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I had a crock pot full of hot soup that I was putting in the fridge. Just as I got to the shelf the crock broke in half. Luckily I had an oven mit on my right hand. No so lucky I only had a pot holder in the left hand Well my left hand got toasted I immediately put it in a ice bath for some time. I then applied home grown aloe I applied the aloe for a couple of days. Then hurricane Irma hit I kept

The wounds covered with antibacterial gauze and antibiotic gel and wraps while doing yard work the next 3 days. The pain level was high Then Thursday after Irma hit Ft Myers FL a friend told me about egg whites I thought ok why not. So glad I did, the healing process has been quick. Not totally healed yet but the pain level has gone down greatly and healing seems faster than the antibiotic gel.

I'm a waitress so I have to put bandages on the affected areas They're not pretty. But now using two bandages instead of three. The top of my left hand, three fingers and the bottom of my wrist were affected. I only have to bandage the top of hand now. Love natural cures! Stiil have some time to heal as I believe 3 Rd degree burns were incurred. I thank my friend for the advice. Wish I had known a few days earlier.

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Posted by Jv (San Jose ) on 05/21/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Back in the 80's I foolishly opened my truck radiator cap. The fluid burst up hitting the hood and came down on my right arm. Burning me from shoulder to wrist with second degree burns. We found a hose and began rinsing my arm. A friend sent his daughter into a nearby store and had her buy 1/2 dz eggs. As the skin on my arm was literally sliding off he applied the whites and the pain stopped. I applied egg whites for several days afterwards. My arm completely healed without a single scar.

Replied by RIKER
2 posts

I knew I should've bought those non-organic caged chicken eggs… Minor steam burn and egg white layers did nothing. I took some Arnica by mouth and that helped some.

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Posted by Mama To Many (Tn) on 04/10/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I had the opportunity to test out a natural burn remedy. I was pulling a very hot dish out of the oven with a damp rag because it was handy. I know better. The heat went through that damp towel fast and a burned my hand. I was in a hurry (thus the foolish potholder alternative) and didn't want to go get the healing salve or lavender. I just kept cooking. I had a raw onion sitting thought that might help. I rubbed it on the burn. Nope.

Next I was cracking eggs and I recalled reading about egg whites for burns here at Earth Clinic. I quickly wiped some of the white onto the burn and carried on. I let it dry.

Sure enough, it stopped the pain! I don't know the chemistry behind it but it worked.

~Mama to Many~

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Posted by Dorry (San Jose ) on 02/20/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I poured boiled hot water on my hand. It was really bad. I remember some where I read about egg white. So, I used egg white all over my hand and wrapped it with a piece of cloths. First it was burning for a while, then stopped. Next day there was no sign of burn.

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Posted by Old Fashioned (Moore, Ok) on 02/09/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Gina, Moore, Ok, 2/09/2017, I have always been an old fashioned lady with home remedies, this eggwhites thing really works, my grandson 2 pushed his 1 year old sister into my oil heater and burned almost her whole are on the left side, I didn't realize how bad till started blistering, put Neosporin on it and cotton pads, for about 20 minutes then thought about the egg white solution, broke two egg whites in bowl mixed lightly and let run down her arm for about 20 minutes, got on this site to see how to wrap so she wouldn't bother it, so put few more layer of egg whites and wrapped in saran wrap, she finally went to sleep, woke up couple of hours later removed saran wrap, and put gauze soaked in cold egg white on and rewrapped in saran wrap and will be repeating before she goes to bed, but will probably wrap in ace bandage so can breathe, thanks for all the help and I give a great big YEAH for egg whites, God Bless

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Posted by Eric (California) on 01/05/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Egg whites:

My mom used this as a remedy for me growing up. It absolutely works for minor kitchen burns. It forms a nice "fake" skin over the area too, protecting the burn from the air. Just separate yolks and fill a small container with the whites.

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Posted by Lena (Spain) on 05/14/2016
3 out of 5 stars

Worked Temporarily

Egg whites for burns -.similar to another poster from 2008, the initial burn and the unbearable pain in my burned fingers and wrist by hot splattered oil, the hours with just minimal icing.... The eggw hite from 1 egg did soothe, but did start to burn again a little as the liquid warmed up from my burning hot fingers, so yes, depending on the amount of burn, do add more eggwhites or chill them if you can. I tried to resist adding more eggs and just kept on reading the comments to motivate myself that it´ll go away while I kept on soaking my hand in the mixture for an hour. THEN, I wrapped it in ALUMINUM foil as so many have suggested (each finger individually so that they don´t transfer heat to each other in a mitten manner) and while it burned a bit for the first minute, then, miraculously the pain almost totally subsided (if I don´t poke at it and just keep it still, which an hour ago was unthinkable, as it burned like hell! ) :) YAY

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Posted by Marc (Montreal, Canada) on 02/05/2015
5 out of 5 stars


I had the unpleasant experience of being burned to the second degree in my face and even my eyes by boiling water. Fortunately, my wife remembered having heard about egg white as the best cure. Indeed it was. She applied many coats of egg white all over my face immediately after the accident. In all she applied at least 20 coats, leaving each coat to dry for a few minutes. It creates a second skin that cuts 100% of the pain in a minute, so much that I was able to sleep the night it happened.

That new egg white skin contains an amazing amount of natural important vitamins. A friend also told her to give me abundant doses of vitamin C, D3, and E. I took at least 20,000 mg of Vitamin C per day, devided in 2000 to 3000 mg every hour. I didn't mind taking it at night. I had the best surprise after less then 5 days, to see my face completely healed, although I had lost the original skin. It was amazing, not even a single scar. My face skin looked even better than before as it's brand new. All my friends couldn't believe their eyes how fast it healed. I lost only 3 days of work. I have to mention that we went to the doctor, but only after I was healed just to double check if everything was ok. He said he wouldn't have done better and he even took note of what we did. Don't ever forget that amazing natural cure that can save pain and problem for you or your loved ones.

Replied by Nikki B
(Trinidad And Tobago)

If the wound is wound is 5 days old and the skin that got burned is dry, can I still use the egg white on it?

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Posted by Cameron (Brisbane, Qld, Australia) on 07/27/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Best remedy for burns is Egg White, crack an egg into a bowl and stick your finger in. Done.

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Posted by Sherry D (Mansfield, Tx, United States ) on 12/23/2011
5 out of 5 stars

This is the first time that I have ever posted to a site like this, but I felt that I had to share my story. Last night my husband was cooking dinner and when he opened the oven door, my 19 month old son touched the oven. His poor little fingers blistered up and he began screaming. I put aloe vera on it, and he finally cried himself to sleep. I thought that I was going to have to take him to the doctor, but after reading the suggestions on this site, I decided that I had nothing to lose. While he was sleeping, I soaked paper towels in egg whites and placed it over the burns and wrapped it with an ace bandage. When he woke up this morning, there is no trace of a burn on his hand. I am totally amazed..... thank all of you so much for your posts.

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Posted by Stephanie (New York, Ny) on 12/14/2011
5 out of 5 stars

EGG WHITES!!! I burned both my hands with hot oil while I was cooking. The burning would not STOP, after about 7 hours of constantly running to the ice water bowl I had created, I decided to try some home natural remedies as I desperately needed some relief of the awful burning stinging sensation. I read about egg whites and to my surprise it was working!! But it really worked, it took the stinging pain out right away, and I was able to then put on cream and a bandage. Thanks everyone for your experiences. I hope my review can help someone too!

Replied by Martin
(Glasgow, Uk)

Hi, in burns it is best to use cool running water not ice water as this causes vasoconstriction in the vessels too quickly... With associated complications and side effects. Also most proprietary creams are not suitable for burns as they are oil based. 'Bandages' tend to be fluffy so should be avoided.. Best option is film wrap or non adherent burns dressing.. Glad to hear you recovered using egg white.. And that's no yolk.. eh joke! keep well, keep safe.