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But of all applications for a burn, we believe there are none equal to a simple covering of common wheat flour. This is always at hand, and while it requires no skill in using, it produces almost astonishing effects. The moisture produced upon the surface of a slight or deep burn, is at once absorbed by the flour, and forms a paste which shuts out the air. As long as the fluid matters continue flowing, they are absorbed, and thus prevented from producing irritation, as they would do if kept from passing off by oily or resinous applications, while the greater the amount of these absorbed by the flour, the thicker the protecting covering. Another advantage of the flour covering is, that next to the surface it is kept moist and flexible. It can also be readily washed off, without further irritation in removing.
Originally posted by getreadyalready
They told me, "you can't un-burn the skin." It really doesn't matter what you do after you are burned, because you are already burned. It is kind of like sticking a broken arm in a tub of flour, or running cold water over it. The arm is still broken, but if it feels better then fine.
If you were in a survival situation, and you got a serious burn, you are in pretty deep doodoo. You want to "debride' the area, which means removing the dead skin so infection can't hide underneath. Then you want to find some antiseptic/antibiotic treatment.
Originally posted by Turq1
Hmm....don't think so. The greatest problem with burns is infection risk, and the flour would not reduce moisture, but trap it, allowing bacteria to grow.
For a blister...I don't see how it would help.
Originally posted by bussoboy
While not dissagreing with any of the points made in this thread, I have learned this about managing burns from being a welder for 20 years where one is always getting burnt. This has been learned through trial and error and exerience. This is a rule of thumb.
When you get burned put the affected area under water for TWICE the length of time it takes for the pain to go away. It does not produce magic results but it helps minimise the damage and the pain.
Originally posted by dr_strangecraft
scorched flour is the ultimate cure for diaper rash. You put flour in a cast iron skillet, and cook it till it begins to turn beige and then finally brown. You let it cool and then use it like talcum powder on the diaper area.
Originally posted by shadwgirl
I was a sous chef for 20 years and we used flour for burns in the kitchen. We would also use it to stop bleeding on small cuts when we were out of sage. Don't know if this is helpful to you but it definitely works for me.
Originally posted by Serafine
Flour does work for burns.... Any Chef / Cook worth their salt knows this. Put your hand etc in flour and keep it there for at least 5 minutes... 20 if you can. But it definitely works.. I've seen people have zero affect... no red, no blisters... no pain... like a miracle lol...