Help! I've been burned.

United States
December 13, 2006 1:03pm CST
I have no clue what to do with an actual burn, other than when you get it run under cold water. I got burned a bit ago and it hurts so bad. It was a steam burn from the microwave, across 4 fingers. The fingers are burning, blistered and swollen but it's not horrid, as if I should rush to the ER. I'm so not a doctor person if I can avoid it! lol Any tips on what to put on this?
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@MakDomMom (1474)
• United States
13 Dec 06
You need to run it under cool (not ice cold) water for at least 30 minutes to "stop the burn". Carefully dry the area and apply a dry dressing (gauze). Do not apply any ointments or creams unless told to do so by a doctor. Do not pop any of the blisters. Keep an eye on it. If it continues to "burn" or gets redder, you will need to be seen by a doctor. If you have 2nd or 3rd degree burns (which is blisters) then you may need a doctor prescribed ointment for your fingers to heal. I have been certified in Heartsaver First Aid and have had to apply this ointment and care for a 3rd degree burn on a 2 year old before. It's not fun but it the only way they heal sometimes.
@MakDomMom (1474)
• United States
2 Apr 07
Thanks for your help!!
@stellarjade (1240)
• United States
13 Dec 06
you should put some kind of anitibiotic ointment on it, like bacitracin or something. you can get it at the store. you want to keep it moist, and then probably wrap it up, until it is somewhat healed.
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@MakDomMom (1474)
• United States
13 Dec 06
Do not put ointments on a burn unless directed to do so by your doctor. Some ointments and other home remedies actually keep the heat in and cause a deeper burn.
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@_hope_ (3906)
• Australia
13 Dec 06
you should put your hand in cool water for at least twenty minutes and then repeat it as the pain returns DO NOT break the blisters if you can help it the fluid in them helps to heal .wrap your fingers if you are frightened the blisters will break . Do not apply any oily creams as this will keep the heat in .If the pain is severe you could try some type of pain relief medication take care and i hope they heal soon
• United States
14 Dec 06
Thanks! I ended up getting some presecription cream for it and gauzing them to keep them from getting infected. It's been 24 hours and I already see a difference!
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@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
13 Dec 06
You can use ice. There is also a spray to put on burns to take the sting out. I would think about going and getting some.
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@shooie (4986)
• United States
13 Dec 06
ice is one of the worse things you can put on a burn
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• United States
14 Dec 06
Thank you. I can't believe how many times I've gotten yelled at for trying to put ice on my burns (I used to work as a grill cook & got them all the time), my fiance loves me and knows that's horrible to use.
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• United States
13 Dec 06
use some cocoa butter lotion or something!
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• Australia
14 Dec 06
NEVER put butter on a burn silly!
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@shoelover (896)
• Australia
13 Dec 06
You did the right thing by running it under water. Do you have an aloe vera plant. They are good for burns you break off a leaf off the plant and rub the stuff fromt the inside of the plant on the burn. This will keep the burn moist and also has a disinfectant in it to stop any infections. The main thing with burns is to keep it moist. Hope you feel better soon
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• United States
14 Dec 06
Good idea with the aloe. It's also good for itching. I used to get really bad sunburns and mosquito bites from hanging out at the lake all summer when I was a kid so we kept about 5 or 6 aloe plants in the house, just for that purpose. You can get the gels and creams with aloe in them but it's not the same, or as effective as using just straight aloe.
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• United States
13 Dec 06
A burn received from steam is very bad. Running cold water over your fingers was a good move. You now have to wait it out. Keep an eye out for infection. If you notice any signs contact a doctor immediately. You will need treatment if they become infected. Elevating your hand above your heart will help with the throbbing.
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• United States
13 Dec 06
As pretty much everyone said on this board, run it under cold water, or use ice. I suggest going to get seen by a doctor if the pain worsens/continues.
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@peaceful (3301)
• United States
13 Dec 06
Since I'm always in the kitchen, I'm always getting burned! Like the time that I dropped some hot, sticky oatmeal ( I was making Sabbat cakes) on my foot! That set off a cussing session that would have made an HBO comic blush! :) Besides cussing and a good shot of whisky, I treat burns with plenty of cool water and wet compresses If there is fluid let it run- this is the body's way of keeping out germs and infection. A second degree burn (that's what yours sounds like) might require a trip to the doctor or at least consultation over the phone. Sorry about your accident! Here is a link that might help you: http://www.fortherecordmag.com/archives/ftr_032204p38.shtml Joy, Abundance and Peace!
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
13 Dec 06
I burnt myself yesterday and all I did was put Butter or Margarine on it leave it to soak in for a bit and then gently wipe it of and it worked repeat a couple of times though I hope the pain goes I know a burn is really sore
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@kcbabez14 (967)
• United States
13 Dec 06
ouch! Steam burns hurt the worst! I've been burned so many times it isn't funny! But really dont' put cold water on it because it doesn't take the burn out it just makes it feel better until the coldness is gone! Actually either run it under warm water (it takes the burn feeling out.. it makes it burn thoug) or you can put regualr yellow mustard on it and let it dry. wipe and reapply! It sounds silly but it works! Also don't pick at the blister or ou'll make it worse.. after you get the burn feeling out cover it up until the blister is semi dried.
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@roadromeo (376)
• India
13 Dec 06
well nice one to start a discussion on. but if you have burnt your fingers then how did you manage to type.... ok, if it is one hand only, then don't apply any kind of ointment or burnol...jus keep the burnt fingers under cold running water (under the tap) for at least two minutes and every thing will be fine!!
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• United States
13 Dec 06
neosporin works the best for blisters and it takes away the pain also.i bet it hurts i hate it when i get burned running it under cold water only makes it worse.
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@briennekb (613)
• United States
13 Dec 06
I know this sounds silly, but I have an old mothers tale cure for burns. Put mustard on it. For me, it actually works. Only for minor burns. If your skin is blistering and melting off, I would wrap it up and put ointment on it. I had a very bad burn once on my leg and I went to the ER. They put an ointment on it, something like Neosporin. So it was a wasted trip to the ER. It was a bad burn to. I spilled boiling water on my leg and my skin instantly melted off and bled. It was gross and it hurt really bad.
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@Kylalynn (1773)
• South Africa
13 Dec 06
You can get gauze pads in a tin from a chemist. The gauze pads are soaked in a cooling antiseptic gel. Ask at the chemist and they will be able to help you. Also Avroy Shlain have a product called 'stimulating youth gel'. It is excellent for burns and reduces scarring. Hope you get better soon!
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
13 Dec 06
is all i know is to run it under cold water for a long time that will take away the pain. Iam clueless after that. Let me know how you are.
@dsunny (999)
• India
13 Dec 06
hey im sorry for what had happened it would be better to consult a doctor if you burns are severe...
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@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
13 Dec 06
Don't put ANYTHING on it. Rinse under cold water and wrap in a clean sheet (pillow case) loosely just to cover. Go to the ER. If you put stuff on it, you will hinder the doctor's work in dressing it properly.
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@ESKARENA1 (18299)
13 Dec 06
sterile cream and some form of compress is the best i can suggest after the cold water but other than that maybe a trip to the dr to let him/her have a look at it
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@nicelyrom (521)
• Philippines
14 Dec 06
applying toothpaste on the burned area of the skin lessens the pain. it has a cooling effect.
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• United States
14 Dec 06
my mom told me that later in the evening, but by then I had a prescription to put on it
• Philippines
15 Dec 06
ok... get well soon!
@malcido (422)
• United States
14 Dec 06
I have an aloe vera plant on my patio for this purpose, but have found (thanks to my mother!) that having a container of aloe vera in the refrigerator is so much more helpful. Aloe vera really works well to lessen the burning sensation and so much the better when it is cold!
• United States
22 Dec 06
Aloe Vera plant - aloe vera
I used to have a big bottle of aloe vera gel in the fridge but over the summer my kids used it up. I'll definitely have to get some more!