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I grabbed the handle of a skillet a few minutes after I took it out of the oven. I burned the pad of my pointer finger and most of my ring finger on my left hand.


I held it under water for 5-10 minutes and have been holding a soft blue gel pack for 3 hours. As soon as I put it down, I am in intense pain. I live in chronic pain so i am pretty good at ignoring it.....this hurts bad!


Vinegar..no help.

Oral naproxen...no help

About an hour ago I tried some neo-sporin w pain reliever.....no help.

I have got a bit of relief from putting Voltaren gel on it and holding a fan on it. The cooling affect is the main benefit.


Any other ideas?

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The 2 things that help me the most are:


1. Lidocaine topically (VERY effective! I keep these on hand http://www.amazon.com/Water-Jel-Burn-Pain-Relief/dp/B0006GE5N6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1350622695&sr=8-1&keywords=burn+gel, but you could find something similar and I'm sure it would help)

2. Leave the burn in very cold salt water, for hours if necessary.


Good luck. I hate burns:(

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I burn myself regularly. I guess it's an occupational hazard.


The best thing is aloe vera slathered on every 5 minutes or so, until it doesn't really hurt anymore. It usually takes less than a half hour of almost continuous applications for the pain to pretty much be gone for me. I've never found putting aloe on once or twice a day to help, but it seems like intensive application over a short time works well ime.

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Hopefully you are sleeping now. If not, get a bucket/pot of cool water. Add some ice to keep it cool, but not freezing cold. Keep hand in bucket. I've slept with mine submerged all night before. Leave it there until it doesn't hurt when you bring it out. If you bring it out and it starts hurting again, stick it back in the water.

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Thanks for the suggestions every one!


I ended up putting on aloe and then wetting a napkin with Bandaid wound wash that has pain reliever in it. I took a blue gel pack, put the napkin on it, and then my hand. The combination of cold and constant lidocaine worked to get me to sleep. This morning it is barely pink and doesn't hurt a all. I fully expected to wake up to a huge blister, but so far so good. I work today, typing and counting pills was going to be hard to do with only one hand, but I think I am going to be fine :001_smile:


I will take the aloe to work with me and keep applying that through the day to help it heal.



Man, it really really hurt though!

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I'm glad it's better today -- this is the first time I saw your thread or I would have responded sooner.


I have no idea whether this works, and it sounds really weird, but a friend told me that if you put plain old toothpaste (not the gel kind, apparently) on a burn, it has an immediate cooling action, plus the burn will heal very quickly.


She swears it works, and she'd told me about it right after she'd gotten a nasty burn in the kitchen, so maybe there's something to it.

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What I've found to work better even than aloe vera is vitamin E. Cut a capsule open and rub the liquid on the burn. It's sticky, but it works.


My mother once had a horrible burn that required medical treatment after she spilled a pan full of hot oil down her arm and torso while frying chicken. She immediately did the Vitamin E thing all over everything and then went to the hospital. They told her that the treatment kept her from scarring, and helped tremendously in minimizing the damage.


Sounds like you're ok now, though, so maybe just file this away for future reference.

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