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.
As you can probably tell by the date that this was written- July 5th- what this one is related to.
So I was at my daughters house for the 4th last night and we were doing the obligatory sparklers and such. As we are doing this I was trying to recall the ICD-9 codes for accidental burns and blown off fingers due to fireworks. I used to work at a hospital and I would type up the emergencies from the previous night. So of course I always dreaded the 5th of July.
My son-in-law was lighting some Small Bee Spinners in his hand and throwing them in the air, I liked the effect and in all my experience and wisdom I thought.... "hey I should try that"..........
Anyway...after I washed the black scorch marks off my thumb left by the fuse I could see that my skin had turned white and I was getting a blister. The pain was searing and unrelenting. I drove home and immediately went to Earth Clinic and tried the aluminum foil. Within 15 minutes the pain had subsided enough that I was able to sleep. I removed the foil this morning and the blister has gone down and it feels fine. I am impressed!
Thank you to all of you who share your remedies and experiences! And I guess I can add an obvious remedy... Prevention... Do not light fireworks while holding them, duh.
Grabbed a cast iron skillet right off the grill last night - potholder was on the other hand! D'oh! Had my hand under cold running water less than five seconds later, then in a bowl of water with cold packs for about an hour, but even after all of this, there was still immediate, unbearable pain when my hand was removed from water. Did a search for other remedies, found this site. Crumpled up some foil around my damaged finger and thumb; initially, after wrapping fingers in foil it still felt awful so I soaked my foil fingers - this felt better in the short term, but when I removed my hand the pain returned. Only when I left the foil alone and elevated my hand above my head for about fifteen minutes did the foil begin to do its thing correctly.
The crumpling seems to add surface area to allow the foil to conduct the heat away from the burn site more efficiently than it would from exposed skin alone. As a test of this hypothesis, I blew on the foil, and I could feel the coolness much more than I would have expected from blowing on the skin directly.
Left the foil on overnight uncovered, removed in the morning, today I have massive blisters and other tissue damage but no pain whatsoever and full use of hand. Thanks to previous posters for the inspiration!! Yay Earth Clinic!
Logan, Utah, Usa
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
Superior, Wi, Usa
Mentone, Ca Usa
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!
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.
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.
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.
Fall River, Massachusetts, Usa
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!
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.
Foil for minor burns definitely works, thanks to everyone posting :)
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
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!!
Auckland, New Zealand
San Mateo, Ca
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.
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!
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.