March 27, 2010

Nasty Burn Nearly Painless

I got a steam burn in the kitchen yesterday. I immediately ran cold water on it, then held an ice compress on it for five to ten minutes. I then coated it with Polysporin, and my wife taped a light piece of gauze over it. This morning, she covered it with a thin slice of aloe, again under a light piece of gauze. By the end of the day, the aloe was completely dry, all the juice having been absorbed by the skin. There's now a nasty looking blister about 2-3cm in diameter, but what amazes me is that I've had almost zero pain by following this treatment. Now that the blister has been open to the air for about an hour, I'm starting to feel a bit of discomfort, so maybe I'll slap some aloe back on for the night.

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Posted by Paul at March 27, 2010 07:23 PM