I put my hand very heavily on the stove yesterday not realizing that one of my house guests had just made coffee. Needless to say, I burned my hand badly. So badly that I actually cried for the first time from pain as an adult in at least 20+ years. I was able to get immediate relief from the searing and agonizing pain when I kept my hand in cold water but upon removing my hand from water, the pain was indescribable. After 4 hours I seriously considered going to the hospital. The burn on all three 3 fingers had begun to blister badly. I got a headache from the pain whenever I took my hand out of water for longer than 10 seconds. I finally researched this site and tried honey, which gave temporary relief, for a minute or two then I tried chamomile bags in water and honey, all to no avail. Then although i was not hopeful, I remembered that I had raw, organic, unfiltered honey (the kind with wax pieces in it- my brand's name was 'wee bee honey - naturally raw'). I put a spoonful which is pasty - not like regular honey- between my fingers and after a couple of minutes it felt a little better. I decided to wrap each finger with sterile gauze pads which were covered with thick coats of this honey), and also wrapped the three individually wrapped fingers together with gauze wrap. I couldn't believe the pain went away after about 5-15 minutes and stayed that way for the rest of the day. I took the bandage off the next morning to check the progress and couldn't believe these were the same fingers from the day before. Some of the wax from the honey had adhered to my finger tips and where it happened, the healing appears even better. To my shock, I no longer had ANY pain after that first 15 minutes. As of this morning, the blistering: 1) is significantly reduced, 2) covers at least 60-70% less area than yesterday, and 3) is not full of liquid at all. I am absolutely stunned! Interestingly, the honey jar says that honey had been used for centuries for treatment of all sorts of ailments and specifically includes burns as one on the list. I just noticed it.
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