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Steam Burn (post #47224)

Two days ago I lost my grip on a pot lid and got a nice little steam burn on my arm.  It doesn't look like much, but I keep hitting it on things and it hurrrrts!  It was just a 1st degree and I know that I should keep it uncovered but it's getting hot (like an infection) and it itches like crazy.  Any suggestions?

 


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Frankie's picture

(post #47224, reply #1 of 72)

Neosporine or other similar generic ointments.

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Gretchen's picture

(post #47224, reply #2 of 72)

DGS had a burn like that on his hand from an iron!!  OOOWWWW!  I think you could make a tent of gauze so it is open at both sides but sort of covered on top to keep from abrading it. I think Frankie probably has it from the ointment point of view--maybe hydrocortisone also for the itch.

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bookwyrm73's picture

(post #47224, reply #3 of 72)

I'm trying a tent-like device made of a couple of big band-aids.  My nurse friend told me that it was important to keep it dry.  I guess I'll put some Neosporin on it a couple of times a day and let it air out in between.  I just wish I could stop banging it on things!

 


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Heather's picture

(post #47224, reply #4 of 72)

I have no additional advice except to say that you have to be very careful to avoid infection. I had a steam burn on my hand from reaching over a kettle and it was the worst burn of my life! I'm very empathetic to your pain!

soupereasy's picture

(post #47224, reply #5 of 72)

I agree with Gretchen that you should have a light gauze cover over it. It will help keep it clean and dry, and will also serve as a reminder to you not to touch it.
Steam burns are a bugger and that is a very sensetive part of your wrist.

bookwyrm73's picture

(post #47224, reply #6 of 72)

And I thought I was just being a wuss.


Steam burns are a bugger


Funny.  That's what I say every time I hit it.


 


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soupereasy's picture

(post #47224, reply #7 of 72)

I find "bugger" to be such a useful word in those types of situations. The Dr was giving me a cortisone shot in my thumb and I said it. He looked at me thoughtfully and said "Yes, I like that, that is a good word.".
Good luck with your arm.

bookwyrm73's picture

(post #47224, reply #8 of 72)

I got used to saying it here in the States as a substitute for the f-bomb.  When I moved to Oxford in England I had to come up with yet another substitution....

 


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soupereasy's picture

(post #47224, reply #30 of 72)

I saved the f...a duck for when I had the stitches in my thumb. I think the fact that it rolls off the tongue so well helps. Wasn't really for the stitches, but that lidocane stings!!!
How is the arm doing? Well, I hope.

bookwyrm73's picture

(post #47224, reply #31 of 72)

It's doing better.  The infection has gone away thanks to keeping it covered and saturated with Neosporin.  I tried to keep it dry, but kept scraping it on things and the skin would break all over again.  The open part is about the size of a nickel (ewww!) and the 1st degree burn surrounding it has healed up well.  Last night I very gently cleaned and dibrided it and it already looks better.


Geez, who would think that a simple little kitchen burn would cause so much drama?  It's so small and has given me this amount of annoyance.  I've since added major burn victims to my nightly rosary. 


 


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MadMom's picture

(post #47224, reply #32 of 72)

I've had so much pain from minor little burns that I simply cannot imagine the pain one would feel from a major burn.  That must be horrible. 



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(post #47224, reply #33 of 72)

I keep thinking of the last scenes of The Outsiders. :-(

 


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Marcia's picture

(post #47224, reply #36 of 72)

I'm so glad to hear you're doing better, since I have been a victim of kitchen burns too many times to count. They DO hurt and yours was a bad one. I tend to burn myself when I'm tired and doing things in the kitchen when perhaps I shouldn't be. Sometimes there is little choice, however.


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Gretchen's picture

(post #47224, reply #24 of 72)

A shot in the thumb deserves more than "bugger"!!  Geez.


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Nightrider's picture

(post #47224, reply #9 of 72)

Gretchen's suggestion of hydrocortisone cream is a good one - it will help a lot with the itching and the pain. 


If it keeps feeling really hot or starts to look more red, get to a doctor for some antibiotics.


Hope you feel better soon...I've burnt myself so many times in the kitchen, and I still seem to forget not to touch hot things!

MadMom's picture

(post #47224, reply #10 of 72)

No suggestions which haven't already been mentioned, but having done this myself many times, I feel your pain.  Hope it gets better soon.



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bookwyrm73's picture

(post #47224, reply #11 of 72)

I never burn myself; my injuries are pretty much limited to lopping off fingertips.  But it's funny how a steam burn hurts worse than a regular burn.  Kinda like a paper cut hurts worse than a regular cut.   Something to think about.


PS  MADMOM, GET BACK TO BED!!  Sorry to yell, but sometimes it's necessary for hard heads....  So glad to see you're back!


 


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beebuzzled's picture

(post #47224, reply #12 of 72)

Put aloe vera on it. You can either use it straight from the leaf or you can get bottles of it.


 


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bookwyrm73's picture

(post #47224, reply #13 of 72)

I put that on right after I burned it, not realizing how big the burn area was.  Kept that on it for the first day.  I don't know what it is about aloe but as soon as you put it on a burn, it feels better.  God's own plant, that is.

 


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beebuzzled's picture

(post #47224, reply #20 of 72)

I was told by a physician that aloe was one of the best things you can put on a burn. It really does help, both for this kind of burn and sunburn as well. No side effects, either.


 


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plantlust's picture

(post #47224, reply #21 of 72)

I would have recommended Noxema but then I thought is a steam burn different from sunburn?

Do different burns get treated differently?

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Jean's picture

(post #47224, reply #22 of 72)

Steam burns are usually worse. When you burn yourself with boiling water it's 212°F.  Steam gets much hotter than that-hence more damage.




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maddog3's picture

(post #47224, reply #23 of 72)

1st degree burns can be treated with cool water as first aid..if the skin isn't broken, sunburn could be a 1st degree burn

NOT deep 2nd degree burns which BTW can become third degree burns ....

the area should be kept clean, NO ointments, salves , creams , lotions or anything, and do not break blisters on 2nd or 3rd degree burns..avoid friction and pressure on the area and use only non-adhesive bandages.
and DO NOT even breathe on severe burns

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bustaduke's picture

(post #47224, reply #49 of 72)

"NO ointments, salves , creams , lotions or anything,"

You're right about this, the oil in the ointments, etc. will only keep cooking the flesh as they trap the heat in.

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maddog3's picture

(post #47224, reply #50 of 72)

paying attention in all the safety classes, meetings, briefings, and orientations I've been through..is a good idea after all.!

especially in my trade...(Electrical)

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TracyK's picture

(post #47224, reply #58 of 72)

the oil in the ointments, etc. will only keep cooking the flesh


Unless you put it on immediately after the burn, or the burn is caused by chemicals or electricity, this cannot be possible.


And it's standard practice to put an antibiotic ointment on a first or second degree burn once you've applied cool water for 20-30 minutes... at least that's what they told me a couple weeks ago when I went to the urgent care facility with a second-degree burn on my hand.


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Marie Louise's picture

(post #47224, reply #14 of 72)

First of all, that is not a first-degree burn. It is a second-degree burn because the skin is broken. The outer reddened area is a first-degree burn, but the center is a second-degree.

Go to the store & buy a plastic bandage. (One brand is called Tegaderm.) It looks like a big piece of sticky saran wrap. It keeps air off the open part, but allows the wound to breathe a little. It will hurt much less once it is covered. (This stuff is great for cuts on your fingers-you can keep washing your hands & water won't get in the cut, nor will it fall off like a bandaid.

If you get a fever or see red streaks going up your arm, go to the doctor immediately.

Also, when was your last tetanus shot?

bookwyrm73's picture

(post #47224, reply #15 of 72)

Hmmm, last tetanus was January of 2000.  Should I get an update?

 


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Nightrider's picture

(post #47224, reply #16 of 72)

Nope...you're good till January 2010.

Jean's picture

(post #47224, reply #19 of 72)

Thank you for pointing that out. I was hoping someone still practicing nursing would chime in with the latest treatment.


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