What to put on it, for burns first aid

A friend sent this on burns first aid...

"Once I was cooking some corn and stuck my fork in the boiling water to see if the corn was ready. I missed and my hand went into the boiling water....

A friend of mine, who was a Vietnam vet, came into the house, just as I was screaming, and asked me if I had some plain old flour...I pulled out a bag and he stuck my hand in it. He said to keep my hand in the flour for 10 mins. which I did. He said that in Vietnam , this guy was on fire and in their panic, they threw a bag of flour all over him to put the fire out...well, it not only put the flour out, but he never even had a blister!!!!

So long story short, I put my hand in the bag of flour for 10 minutes, pulled it out and had not even a red mark or a blister and absolutely NO PAIN. Now, I keep a bag of flour in the fridge and every time I burn myself, I use the flour and never ONCE have I ever had a red spot, a burn or a blister! *cold flour feels even better than room temperature flour.

Miracle, if you ask me. Keep a bag of white flour in your fridge and you will be happy you did. I even burnt my tongue and put the flour on it for about 10 mins. and the pain was gone and no burn. Try it! BTW, don't run your burn area under Cold water first, just put it right into the flour for 10 mins and experience a miracle."




I haven't tried it, but I definitely have experience of iced milk.for burns first aid
I read a letter in a Medical Journal years ago, which included photographic evidence of its value. Someone had burnt their hand and forearm, had put it in milk with ice blocks, and had blisters only above the level of the milk bath.

One of my patients spilled a copper of recently boiled water into his gumboot, and rang me immediately in severe pain.
He got the leg into iced milk and had to sit up all night until it no longer started to ache when removed from the milk.

He only got two small blisters, above the level of the milk immersion.

Two days later he could not tell otherwise that he had sustained a burn. The foot looked and felt normal.

The story had an unfortunate ending, as he then donned his boots and went to work. That evening when he removed his boot, the surface layer of the skin came off too, and we had to dress it and treat it as a second degree burn.

I didn't realize before that the burn could be inhibited close to the cooled surface but still be damaging skin deeper in.


Most of what you see with a thermal burn, is the reaction of the skin to the heat, not actual burning of flesh.
Cold can inhibit the action of the enzymes in the skin which are involved in this reaction.

If you can't immerse the burnt part in the milk, cover it with cloth and continually bath it with the iced milk.

Always continue until the pain no longer returns on pausing the treatment.

Burns first aid for other types of burns

For any chemical burns, mostly wash the area with fresh water continuously for probably twenty minutes, to wash away as much of the chemical as possible. This applies to chemical in the eye too.

Very extensive burns cannot be treated with iced milk as the persons core temperature would drop too much, and they need immediate intravenous fluids to make up for the fluid exuding from the burns.


The paw paw man - Tom McArthur

This chap causes a minor sensation in Australia when he appeared on TV and deliberately put his finger in boiling water (very briefly) to demonstrate how his paw paw cream stopped burns.

I obtained a bottle to dole out to my patients for testing, and have seen some very good effects on various skin and joint problems. It appears to be quite useful.

I haven't tried it on a burn yet, however.


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