Aluminum Foil Works for Burns!

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Posted by Kate (Oklahoma City, Ok) on 07/09/2013
5 out of 5 stars

Aluminum foil for burns:

Truthfully, I did not think this would work. I did it out of desperation. I tried ice for 3 hours, Aloe, Apple cider vinegar, more ice, and then more Aloe. I was still in pain and the stinging would not go away. I burnt myself cooking when I lifted a lid to boiling hot liquid. My hands were red, swollen and blistered. I put the foil on for 12 min. Before the sting started to go away. I plan to leave it for 45 min. Total. Not sure why but it works!

Posted by Thekimberly (Shelbyville, Tennessee, USA) on 05/31/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I burned my arm from my wrist to my shoulder. While holding it under cold water, I came to this site to find out what I could do for my pain. After several hours of back and forth to the sink and reading all the "YEAS" to aluminum foil, (in desperiation for relief) I wrapped my whole arm and waited. IT WORKED!!! Ten min passed, I was uncomfortable, 20 min passed... I was determined to wait it out, then 30 min to 1 hour.... I was smiling. I left it wrapped for 3 hours. I did remove it before going to bed. I haven't experienced any pain at all! I am so thankful for all of you! THANK YOU! #forevergrateful

Replied by Citygirl27
Richardson, Tx, Usa

Fantastic. For all the ills we are told aluminum can cause, it is great to hear it is useful for something. I wonder if it also works for sunburn?

While we're on the topic of foil, if you overheat or sweat easily, try lining your windows with foil. It will reflect the heat back out and keep your room cooler. You can also sharpen your scissors by cutting up a piece of foil into small pieces. The thicker the foil, the better. Not a health tip per se, but useful still.

Posted by Sarah (Mcminnville, Oregon) on 04/24/2013
5 out of 5 stars

Aluminum foil and aloe for burns: I'm still in shock that this actually works. Every mother's worst nightmare is having to watch your child suffer and not being able to do anything about it. My son who is 8 was roasting marshmallows, and in his excitement grabbed the metal end instead of the marshmallow. He has really bad burns on his thumb and pointer finger. It was charred black, and what wasn't black is raised white blistering. After 20 minutes of cold running water, he would scream every time the water wasn't running on it. I found this website and tried the toothpaste idea. BAD IDEA!!! He screamed like he was being tortured and his crying got even worse. I didn't have a fresh aloe plant, but had a bottle if the green colored aloe gel. This only helped for 5-10 seconds before he'd cry and want more. At that rate I would be applying gel all night and he would never be able to sleep. After traumatizing him with the toothpaste he was unwilling to try anything else, but I read some of the foil testimony to him and he was willing to try it if I put a squirt of aloe in the foil before I wrapped his fingers. He didn't like it at first but there was no screaming. I reminded him everyone said it took a few minutes to work. He wiggled and whined for a few minutes and got very quiet. He asked for a drink and in the 60 seconds it took me to leave the room and get it, when I returned he had fallen asleep. It releaved the pain so well that he is now sleeping soundly with his little foil fingers. I am such a relieved mommy and might actually be able to sleep a little tonight if it continues to work!! Thank you, thank you, thank you Earth Clinic!!!!!!

Posted by Daniel (Sao Paulo, Brazil) on 03/17/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I was cooking some fish in a steel pan in the oven pulled it out and a minute later went to move it without an oven glove. The oven was set to 250 degrees celcius so I quickly put my palm under cold running water for about 5 minutes. I then took out the frozen peas and placed a dish towel around it and rested my palm on it for another 20 minutes. Then it was on to placing my palm in a bowl of cold water which I added a few cubes of ice in every 15 minutes or so for about 2 more hours. When I would take my hand out of the water the pain would soar within 5 seconds so I tried the foil.

I made myself a glove with the foil and held onto a cold can that was in the fridge I actually soon after went to sleep holding the can and when I woke up a few hours later the pain had disappeared. I put on some moisturisers and aloe vera and 24 hrs later it's great no blisters just a red mark of the pan handle which should be gone in a couple of days. I have had various kitchen burns and my best advice is leave it in cold water or place an ice pack wrapped in a cloth on it until the pain is gone when you take it off. It may take many hours but it's always worked for me.

Replied by Michelle
North Irwin, Pa
5 out of 5 stars

Same as above post, was cooking steaks in a cast iron skillet and had just pulled them out of a 500 degree oven when I had a huge brain fart and grabbed the handle. Ummm, ya. Ouch. After slightly panicking and squirting mayo all over my hand to cool it which didn't help at all, I ran to the comp and this was the first site I saw. So after washing the goop off of it, I stuck my hand in cold water for about half an hour while I ate, then I wrapped it in aluminum foil with gauze over top of the foil. Another half-hour later my hand does not hurt at all, isn't pink, and I have no blisters! Yay for me :D Definitely works!

Posted by Lisa Mccarty (League City, Texas) on 03/12/2013
5 out of 5 stars

My two year old daughter was playing on the bed in our camper with her sister and she had taken to turning the light on the headboard on and off. We didn't realize how easy the cover could be removed but she did remove it and touched the light bulb inside with her index finger. She almost instantly got a blister. I put aloe on it and blew on it and even tried ice for relief but those common methods were getting us nowhere, so I got on earthclinic for suggestions. First I tried the hand sanitizer... That helped but I was reapplying often. Then I tried toothpaste but it was about the same. So I put more aloe on and covered her finger with foil, or as I told her, a metal bandaid. Literally, within two minutes she was relaxed about it enough to go to sleep. This really works!

Posted by Burnt Fingers (Canberra, Australia) on 02/24/2013
5 out of 5 stars

Absolutely do this - it works. My wife burnt her fingers on the element of the oven. The skin went brown and it was very painful. After about an hour of frozen peas and corn, And a lot of pain... I looked on line and found Earth clinic.

We applied the hand sanitiser first then decided to go with the aluminium foil after reading the excellent reviews and successes. We applied the aloe Vera oil, then covered each finger with foil, secured by sticky tape wrapped around the base to keep it on.

The pain on the second finger went away, the main burn the pain subsided dramatically. We removed it before bed. In the morning the brown burn was gone and it was no longer painful.

Today the burns are hardly noticeable ... We repeated the foil on the one finger today with the aloe Vera. I have a sports science background and would never have thought this was possible. They don't teach this at uni, , ,

It really does work - use the aloe and foil... :))

Posted by J Max (Ottawa, Il) on 02/24/2013
5 out of 5 stars

We are happy to add our happy, I-can't-believe-it-works story! My daughter touched a plate heated in the microwave. We went right to ice for the four fingers. After three hours two fingers had blisters and all four hurt badly. With bed time long past, we called the ER for advice--cold compresses, NO ICE! , and "silverdeen". Before going that route we searched the internet. THANKFULLY we found this site and we went with the most YEAS and tried the crazy aluminum foil. It's now 20 minutes later and... NO pain. There was initially no pain for about 30 seconds, then a wave of pain after about 5 minutes and then after about 5 more, the pain is gone. WHEW! We will sleep better tonight.

Posted by Clint (Colorado Springs, Co) on 02/20/2013
5 out of 5 stars

So my 1 yr old daughter just put her hands on the glass cover to the gas fire place. Yes, ... she burnt her hands. I instantly came online to see what I could find to take away the pain, because the ice was not helping. The first time she just pulled the foil off, but only after having them on for about 5 min.

I put the foil back on again and put kid socks over her hands so she could not pull. Well, ... She almost instantly stopped crying and fell asleep.

Totally works.

Posted by Pj (York, Pa Usa) on 02/17/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I wasn't thinking when I grabbed the handle of a pan that had recently come out of a 400F oven and I burned a good bit of my palm and parts of my fingers. The only thing I could think of was to get my hand in some egg whites (okay, I ended up smashing the egg open and put my hand in the white and yolk). That helped initially, but my family and I were heading out to a play in a few hours and I didn't see the theater looking kindly at my bowl of eggs.

I came to Earth Clinic, saw the aluminum foil remedy, and after reading the testimonials and fighting my doubts, I wrapped my hand in an aluminum foil mitt. At first it didn't do a whole lot, but I had read enough to know to wait.

It began to feel better. I took it off to adjust it, and the pain came back immediately. I hadn't realized how much the foil had been keeping the pain at bay! (I didn't do anything else for the pain. )

I re-wrapped it with foil, put some gauze over it to keep it in place, and more importantly, to prevent me from looking completely insane for wrapping my hand in aluminum foil, then left for the play.

When I returned home, not only was my hand not hurting, but the areas on my palm that had been red were no longer red. There is still the main burn part which hurts a little when I poke at it, but that's it. The parts of my fingers that were burned and NOT covered in aluminum are red and tender. A big YEA for aluminum foil!

Posted by Nikki (Oakland, Ca, USA) on 01/13/2013
5 out of 5 stars

Burned my hand taking a mug of boiling water out of the microwave - first on the ceramic handle of the mug which was unexpectedly a lot hotter than normal, and then with the boiling water splashing out onto my hand as I dropped the mug down onto the counter. Spent over 2 hours with water and ice packs on it and took 3 ibuprofen and the pain was increasing instead of improving. Had put Solarcaine and aloe on it, as well as Arnica, all to no avail. I was in so much pain I was considering pulling out some narcotics left over from a surgery a few months earlier. I sat the pill bottle down by the computer and went online and saw the foil tip posted here. Read through about half the 127 postings on it before deciding to try it. As others posted, initially, the pain increased. I removed the foil, put on somebaking soda paste and put the foil back on. After about 5 minutes, I got up and went to go get tape to tape the foil on and when I was done I realized the pain was improving. Had a few more waves of intense pain but noticed that I was starting to have pain-free periods of a minute or two. It's been 45 minutes now and the pain is almost entirely gone. I have put away the painkiller bottle - unopened! I was skeptical of this remedy, as so many home remedies have not worked for me (or made things worse) but I was in so much pain I had to try it and this one worked!!

UPDATE: It's now been 3 hours. I took the foil off my hand about an hour ago. There is almost no pain at all. The swelling that had been there has gone down. The blistering that had begun has stopped. There is a bit of the feeling of "tight skin" where the burn is, but otherwise, it feels fine - I'm able to type this with both hands! I can't thank everyone enough for listing this suggestion. It works, it works, IT WORKS!!!!!!

Posted by Joe (Arima, Trinidad) on 12/24/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I got burned from a power washer muffler, placed ice on it and this kept the pain away, but as soon as I removed the ice the pain came back. I looked up how to treat this type of burn and came to this page. Today is Christmas eve and after reading the post with aluminum foil I thought to myself, "like I must be a Turkey going to be baked" the pain was so intense that I was willing to try the aluminum foil, at first the pain increased but 40 minutes after I'm posting this, it really works. Thanks guys.

Posted by Lauren V. (Croswell, Michigan) on 12/16/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Ughh, I just vacuumed up my MacBook charger cord. It was plugged in and when I pulled it out, the wires were exposed and a black tar was formed on the outside, burning my fingers and palms pretty badly! I thought I was going to die. Literally! Nothing worse than a burn! Found this website after 15 minutes of cold tap water, and so far, my hand has stopped throbbing! I'm so glad, that was awful!

Posted by Karen (Olive Branch, Ms) on 11/22/2012
5 out of 5 stars

While preparing Thanksgiving dinner I placed my right hand down on a burner, searing the skin on my fingers and palm. Nothing would releave the pain except to keep my hand under cold running water. I tried burn gel and spray, alcohol.... And none of these would work for very long. Desperate, I decided to use the aluminum foil, which I wrapped my hand and fingers in. I grasp a cold can of soda since it does not work instantly. I would say after about an hour I was able to let go of the cold can and just keep the foil on. After about 2 hours I was able to take the foil off and am almost pain free. Wow I would never have believed that this could work. I certainly didn't learn this in nursing school or 20 years working in the medical field. I am sold on the foil!!!

Posted by Natalie (Paradise Island, Bahamas) on 09/23/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I seared a pork loin in a stainles steel pan and then placed it n the oven to cook. I grabbed it out with apotholder and not 5 sec later picked it up with my bare hand!! I severely burned half of my hand. After 3. 5 hrs of holding an ice bag, which helped the pain alot, I had to find another alternative. Once I took the ice off, the pain became very SEVERE and SEARING. I started looking onine to find other remedies. I did not have aloe vera. I read about Aluminum foil. I put baking soda on my hand and wrapped it in the foil, the pain became unbearable the first 15 min!! I would pace and cry out loud! Then it was in waves and after 1 hr the pain was completely gone!!!!! I had only taken 2 tylenol as well. I kept my hand wrapped all night and woke up to a swollen hand but the redness and pain are gone! Unbelievable! I am a veterinarian, so no stranger to medicine and was very doubtful this was going to work. I thought I was going to be in severe pain and not be able to work. I am completely pain free and keep looking at my hand in disbelief. Do it.... The pain will go away after 20 min or so! Thank you Earth Clinic!!!

Posted by Kyle (Tofield, Edmonton, Canada) on 09/09/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Okay I admit it, when I read about the foil thing, even after several posts I thought it was the dumbest thing I had ever heard in my life. I mean, how can that help? but just to prove to myself I was in fact stupid I tried it so I could say I did and post that it was ridiculous... And then the pain went down.... Okay how in the world does this work? Why does it work?... This shouldn't work! But it does! Weird.

Also I highly recommend Aloe, and don't just squeeze it onto a burn, just split it open and lay it on the burn it amazing stuff. Unfortunatly my plant got destroyed while moving and I haven't picked up another one.

Replied by Jphriendly
Homewood, Il
5 out of 5 stars

Burned the whole tip of my index finger on hot oil. Gotta say, after 2 hours of cold water/ice packs and intense pain, the foil actually helped quite a bit. Got a tea bag soaking just in case. Not sure I will even need it. Still a dull pain but after 15 mins, it's feeling hot but a lot better. Cheers and thanks for the help!

Replied by Julie
Port Charlotte, Fl
5 out of 5 stars

Last night, my husband burned his elbow with an air gun. We wrapped aluminum foil around it for about 15 minutes (shiny side on the skin). The pain was gone almost immediately, and all that remains today is a red spot-no blister. He's an AC tech & explained that it works by heat transference-the alum. Foil pulls the the heat away from the skin and disperses it. I always refer to this site first. But this is my first post :-)

Replied by Kathy

The reason aluminum foil works is because it is a heat conductor (the opposite of a heat insulator which keeps heat in). So it works for the same reason cold water works - it continually conducts heat away from the burn.