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Old 10-09-06, 04:09 PM
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Finger burn treatment?

I have a not-so-fun habit of getting minor burns on my hands while cooking. Well, normally they are just stupid little things and running under cool water for a bit helps and there is seldom a mark.

Well, today I was a little more efficient at burning myself when I was replacing a hot pan into the stove and didn't have the pot holder all the way across my hand.

The end of my finger blistered almost immediately and i went straight for the cool water. Now I feel absolutely no pain as long as I keep it soaking in ice water. None at all, it's great. But taking it out for 30 seconds or so, the pain grows and gets really really bad after a minute. (Yes, really really).

A few minutes ago I put some Neosporin and a bandaid on it to prevent infection. But the pain is there big time.

I just can't get any work done while keeping my right hand in a glass of water and I have a big deadline today so I'll take the pain if I have to.

Is there something else I can do to dull this pain? Any products I could put on it?

I took a pain killer a half hour ago but that's clearly not good enough.

Thanks.
Old 10-09-06, 04:10 PM
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Yellow Mustard - let it dry on the burn. No Joke. Just smear some on there and your pain will go away in about 10 min. Make sure you cover the burn all the way. Brown mustard won't work! It's something about the vineagar in the yellow mustard.

I was a waiter in a Mexican Rest. about 18 yrs ago, I burnt my forearm on one of those scalding hot cast iron fajita skillits. The pain was so bad I asked to go home. Then, one of the guys in the kitchen tells me to put yellow mustard on it - I thought they were just having fun with me, but it worked and I was able to continue at work for the day.

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Old 10-09-06, 04:24 PM
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My mother in law pours bleach on burns. I don't know if it will help after time has passed, but it works well if you do it right away.
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What the... well, that stopped the burning almost instantly (mustard, not bleach). Thank you, DH!!!!!

I have to say I'm amazed.
Old 10-09-06, 04:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Thor Simpson
What the... well, that stopped the burning almost instantly (mustard, not bleach). Thank you, DH!!!!!

I have to say I'm amazed.
Strange , huh? Next time someone gets burned, tell them. Half the battle is convincing them you are not trying to make them look foolish by walking around with dried mustard on their burn!

Another tip - the pain numbing may wear off in a few hours, just wash off the mustard and re-apply and you'll be good.

Glad to help!
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I wonder if just straight vinegar would do the same thing.
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I'd recommend amputation.
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Just an update that there is ZERO pain still. None. And like I said, this was a pretty decent burn. Man, you saved me.

I'll reapply if needed later.
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Sounds like your accident prone. Maybe you should stop cooking alltogether, before something drastic happen.
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I've always used cold or cool running water (for as long as it takes), and it's ALWAYS worked for me, but now I can't wait to burn myself and try 'Doug's Magic Mustard Elixir'!
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Originally Posted by SINGLE104
Sounds like your accident prone. Maybe you should stop cooking alltogether, before something drastic happen.
When did my wife get an account on here, and why is her screenname "Single?"


Update: Zero pain. Someone package Doug's Magic Mustard Elixir immedaitely and sell for 9.99.

"Doug's Magic Mustard Elixir!!! Apply directly to the burn or hot dog!"
"Doug's Magic Mustard Elixir!!! Apply directly to the burn or hot dog!"
"Doug's Magic Mustard Elixir!!! Apply directly to the burn or hot dog!"
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Originally Posted by The Edit King
I've always used cold or cool running water (for as long as it takes), and it's ALWAYS worked for me, but now I can't wait to burn myself and try 'Doug's Magic Mustard Elixir'!
For some reason an image of the guys from JACKASS pops in my head. Purposely burning themselves to try the "Elixir!"

Remember....Doug says: It's gotta be yellow mustard!
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Originally Posted by DVD Josh
I wonder if just straight vinegar would do the same thing.
It could, but the thing about the mustard is that it is already a paste. Being in contact with your skin is what does it, if vineagar did work by itself (I mean if the mustard seed has nothing to do with it) you would still have to soak your hand in it. The mustard stays on your skin and dries, keeping your pain away!
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Originally Posted by Thor Simpson
Update: Zero pain. Someone package Doug's Magic Mustard Elixir immedaitely and sell for 9.99.
Can I just sell it to Google for $1.65 Billion instead? Please?
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Vicodin and ice, 24/7. Works great. Just ask kvrdave.
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Originally Posted by Vibiana
I'd recommend amputation at the neck.
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Old 10-09-06, 10:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Doug Heffernan
Remember....Doug says: It's gotta be yellow mustard!
Yeah, this was just French's standard stuff that I had in the fridge.

If anyone here plans on trying it, I suggest using the same for a valid sample.

Still no pain. I put on a fresh coat a couple hours ago just for kicks. The burning started to return when I rinsed the other layer off so there's definitely something about the constant contact.
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Here's my finger currently (mustard tint and all) in case you're curious what the burn was like.



I doesn't seem to be hurting after several hours now that it's been rinsed for a few minutes so I may go with Neosporin and a bandage overnight to prevent infection etc. But if it starts hurting again before bed, I'm sleeping with the mustard.
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After seeing the pic, I have a new suggestion for what to try the next time you get a burn:

Leather up, Cowboy!
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Originally Posted by DVD Josh
I wonder if just straight vinegar would do the same thing.
Yes.

When I worked in resturants, I would burn myself every so often. We had a 5 gallon bucket of pickles I would stick my hand in. I left it there for a 15 seconds or so, and no problems after that.

I despise mustard and straight vinegar, so I still use this method at home.
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Originally Posted by mndtrp
Yes.

When I worked in resturants, I would burn myself every so often. We had a 5 gallon bucket of pickles I would stick my hand in. I left it there for a 15 seconds or so, and no problems after that.

I despise mustard and straight vinegar, so I still use this method at home.
Did you feed these pickles to the customers?

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this is almost as good

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