Ouch!! Advice Wanted

  1. burnt myself on the oven door...about a 1x3.5 inch area on my arm. swollen, red, no blisters...i thought to myself, 'hey, i know a bunch of nurses who would probably know what to put on it!' i only know old wives' tales like putting butter on it (which i've heard you're not supposed to do..).

    it's about one day old now...i sprayed it w/solarcaine when it first happened. any suggestions???

  2. 21 Comments

  3. by   KC CHICK
    Same thing happened to me about 3 weeks ago while making pizza at home. Just used some triple antibiotic and lots of bandaids. Healing just fine.
    I think I was too tired to be using the oven safely.
  4. by   Zee_RN
    Advil!! Only thing that has really worked for me. I really, really, really hate burns and am a big baby when I get one. I just keep popping advil; I take 3 as soon as I get the burn and then take 2 q4-6 hrs. You can put cool cloths on your arm but I find that it just burns worse when the cloth is off...so I tried to stick it out if I can until the advil kicks in. But then again, I've been known to go to bed with my hand resting in a bowl of cold water if I've got a bad enough burn. Could NEVER work in a burn unit. Good Luck, I feel for you.

    If I could straight for the morphine, I would
  5. by   Zee_RN
    Addendum: unless, of course, you can get your hands on some silvadene--it's good stuff. Other creams/ointments I've tried just make it burn worse.
  6. by   CEN35
    They actually don't recomend silvadene anymore, or dreft. Personaly though, Silvadene, a soak in Dreft (yes the baby detergent) or Bacitracin with a bandaid or something over it.

  7. by   JennieBSN
    DREFT???!!?? you gotta be kidding me...what the heck is the ingredient silvadene, anyway?? some kind of chemical anti inflammatory??

    I think I'll go w/the neosporin...

    Thanks, y'all.
  8. by   CEN35
    I am not kidding.........that for a long time was the protocol of many burns........the Dreft. Sivadine cream was also the protocol for many burns......and some still use it.

    Kay.........you are sounding a little less than optimistic about what I said?
  9. by   prmenrs
    the air makes it hurt more, so try to oclude it. Use enough Neo/polysporin to oclude, but not enough to totally macerate it, then a big bandaid. Tylenol or Advil for pain. Change at least qd. Do I need to say if there's more pain, erythema, drainage, fever...make an appt w/Rick pronto? No, probably not.
    Poor thing--next time make reservations, not dinner!
  10. by   cmggriff
    The key to burns is to stop the burning. So the next time run cold water over the burn immediately. (You knew that). After the burn is cooled off the only topical I know of that kills the pain is a steroid creme. However, I have used the juice of the aloe plant to good effect on my own burns. I hope your burn doesn't cause you too much trouble. Gary
  11. by   JennieBSN
    Originally posted by CEN35
    Kay.........you are sounding a little less than optimistic about what I said?
    Absolutely not!! I give it a lot of credence....it just sounded weird, that's all...never heard of putting DREFT on a burn....

    I did put some ointment on it and put gauze and bandages over it. It feels a little better...how do you know if it's a 2nd degree or 1st degree? It's swollen pretty bad and is purple-ish..

    Kristina, queen of the kitchen...NOT.
  12. by   CEN35
    dear kristina queen of the kitchen:

    1st degree is reddened without blisters or skin breakdown. (most sunburn is the perfect example of 1st degree burns)

    2nd degree has blisters or some type of minor skin breakdown, with redness around the site.

    3rd degree - is known as full thickness........and has chared or whitish discolration (if from electrical), and goes beyond just blisters...........it effects all the tissues of the area, sc, muscle and maybe even bone and periosteum.

    cya4now queeny!!!!!!!!!!!
  13. by   lgowan
    Dear kday;

    Cool it down first with cool water. Steroids are good but have you tried some of the hemorrhoid ointments? Even burn units are using them. Prep-H is designed for use on delicate tissue and cannot hurt your arm. I keep a tube in first aide kit at home as well my husband does at work. Also an aloe plant in the kitchen is smart. I can't even kill them! Anything with benzocaine in it will help, but you will have to reaply as it wears off. Get some NO-AD aloe-vera gel to keep on hand. It's great for any minor burn.

    Be careful in the kitchen!

  14. by   canoehead
    Once you get a bad burn the best analgesic I've heard of is to watch your husband finish cooking supper, and then watch him clean up afterwards. Make sure he takes time to fetch you a little Tylenol and juice prn.

    Feel better soon.