Tip for Burns

Old 04-01-2011, 05:16 AM
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Subject: FW: Scalding Burns

Sounds like this person found a new cure?
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 fire out, but he never even had
a blister!!!!

SOOOO, long story short, I put my hand in the bag of flour for 10 mins,
pulled it out and had not even a red mark or a blister and absolutley 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
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Old 04-01-2011, 05:25 AM
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Thanks for the great tip, I'm noted for burning myself whenever I get near anything hot.
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Old 04-01-2011, 05:36 AM
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Thanks for this great tip. I am continually buring my hand getting things out of the oven. Flour is going in the fridge right away.
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Old 04-01-2011, 05:40 AM
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that is amazing!
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Old 04-01-2011, 08:59 AM
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That's a dandy tip! Thanks!
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Old 04-01-2011, 09:04 AM
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Thanks for the tip! I'll remember this one. When I was in my 20's I had spent the day at the beach and got sunburned. That night I made spaghetti and when I drained the boiling water I spilled it on my already sunburned stomach. Ouch! It blistered my stomach where the metal from my jeans was.
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Old 04-01-2011, 12:46 PM
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this is at least the third time this has been on QB and I feel compelled to make a comment. This is what is known as "anecdotal evidence". "I did it, it worked for me." No one has done a scientific study to see how well it works. It has the "Gee whiz" factor, that's about it.
The main thing you want to do with a minor burn is cool it down fast to minimize tissue damage. Water is much better than a solid for reducing the temperature of something. Think about it, if you had a hot metal spoon that you needed to cool down fast, would you stick it in a bag of flour or a bowl of ice water? I would pick the ice water.

Anecdotal evidence is just that - an anecdote or a story. If someone said, I broke my leg and stood on my head for an hour and it got better, you might say "Gee Whiz" but would you believe them? What would you do the next time you broke your leg? Stand on your head or get it fixed?
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