Disclaimer: I have no medical training and am definitely not an expert. The following is purely for your information, and if you use this information it is completely at your discretion.
The other night I made French Fries as part of our dinner. As with all things stove related I naturally burnt myself - splashing a nice dose of boiling oil on my finger..
I reacted as I always do, and as I was doing so, it occurred to me that perhaps not everyone knows the Eco-friendly remedy that I know...
Many, many years ago, when my children were small, my DD burnt herself severely enough for me to take her to our GP. She had decided to walk across a still smoldering bonfire which had not burnt itself out as we had expected. GP's wife, normally a fairly taciturn woman, on this occasion offered me advice which stuck.
If you burn yourself, and the burn is not an open one (i.e. the skin has not been broken) the immediate remedy is as follows.
Either briefly rinse the wound to remove any remnants which may have caused the burn, or, if an oil burn, gently blot the area with kitchen paper towel (if you use it - I don't) or with loo paper / paper serviette / tissue. This is in order to absorb as much oil as possible.
Then pour a container of milk (full cream, 2%, low fat, whatever - in makes no difference) onto a container which is large enough for you to fit the burnt area into. You'll need to pour enough milk to cover the burnt area.
|Pain - pain - pain! I didn't know where the burn|
was specifically, so I shoved all my fingers
into the milk :)
Do nothing else to the burnt area. And do not apply butter, as they did in the old days, as the butter takes on the heat of the burn and continues the burning process.
|As you can see the circled area is where|
the boiling oil landed - and, the next
morning, there is only a faint mark left
as proof of the injury.
As a child DD had run out the greet her dad when he came home from work. Her knee came in contact with the hot exhaust pipe. Submerging the burnt area in milk also resulted in a mark only.
It seriously works! But - do not use this on a wound which is open, or where the blister has broken. For those open kind of injuries, if they are serious enough, get to your GP!
And, by the way, this remedy is very appealing to children - it takes the "nastiness" out of the incident, and, when their wound is feeling better, let them feed the now unusable milk to the family pets...:)