Patsy's StoryHave you ever scalded your hands while cooking? Stick your hand in a cold container of flour for about 10 minutes. Takes the burn away and reduces or stops blisters from forming. Don't put water on it first.
plain flour, stored in refrigerator so it is cold
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1Store a package of plain flour in the refrigerator or freezer. Save to use for scalding burns. When you burn yourself put the flour on the burned area such as your hands. Stick your hands in the cold flour for about 10 minutes which will cut the burning sensation and will stop most blistering. This remedy has been used in wars to help soldiers when they are burned. It can be put on any part of your body that gets burned. Use a wrap to hold the flour in place it falls off too quickly such as an arm. The plain flour can be put on burns without being refrigerated. Using the refrigerated flour helps cool the burns better. This works better than putting cold water on it. Water always seems to make it burn more.
Bea L. BeachChic - Apr 1, 2011
I have never heard this. What a wonderful tip. Thank you!
Jane McMillan-Whittaker janenov46 - Apr 1, 2011
You can also use cold water, problem is when you take your hand out tne burn hurts worse. Solution? Keep your hand in the water, then you can graduate to a cold wash cloth wrapped in a plastic bag.
Martha Robbins nanasdozen - Apr 1, 2011
I used to work around hot grease and have "fried" a few fingers.. had a paramedic tell me once on a fried thumb to put extra strength Ora-Jel on it... guess what??? it WORKED... after only a minute or so the pain was gone and I had no scaring when it healed... now ALL of our first aid kits include a tube of oro-jel!
karen dunn katysue123 - Apr 2, 2011
I love the ora-jel tip...I guess the lidocaine in it really would numb the pain. What a clever idea...Just becareful of infections.
Jane McMillan-Whittaker janenov46 - Apr 2, 2011
Martha,that is a great tip.
I have a tip on itchy skin. I have very sensitive skin enough so to carry a tube of hydrocortisone in my purse. We are talking itchy enough to keep you awake at night.
To stop itchy skin cold, pun intended, put ice cubes in a zip lock bag, inside another bag (leaks) and apply directly to the itchy spot. It stops the itch immediately. Just don't fall asleep that way and remove the bag of ice periodically until the itchyness stops, you don't want to give you self frostbite! Takes care of itchy without using medications, because you absorb creams through your skin.