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Low-Sodium Soy Sauce Fails to Ease Burn Pain

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Q. I burned my thumb on a pan of roasted veggies last night. I remembered your advice and reached for the tamari soy sauce. (I had a low sodium variety.)

To my dismay, when I applied it to my thumb, it didn't work to ease the pain as it has in the past. I was puzzled and tried it a few more times, but got no pain relief.

I looked in the cupboard and spotted Bragg Liquid Aminos (a substitute for soy sauce, also made from soy beans) and sprayed some on. I got INSTANT relief, and I mean INSTANT! I was back to my knitting in half an hour.

A. Thanks for the clue. Most readers have reported that soy sauce eases the pain of a burn, but it may require a certain amount of sodium. Bragg Liquid Aminos has 30 to 40 percent more sodium than low-sodium tamari. A serious burn should get medical attention, of course.

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Thank you for this tip. I suffered burns from hot casserole and was immediately relieved by soaking my hand in soy sauce. Remarkable! I also had no blister next day.

If the sodium laden soysauce works better than low sodium, does that mean saltwater
would work the same or does it need the fermented soybean stuff? Verrry interesting!!

Amazing results and will buy this product to keep on hand as I too have burned myself in kitchen. Also will tell my daughters and friends about this remarkable finding. Thank You for sharing. Lorraine

I also had good results with Bragg Liquid. After being burned by a drop of hot roofing rubber I remembered your mention of soy sauce and went for the nearest thing, a small bottle of Bragg's. I sprayed the burn and in less than five minutes there was no sensation of pain or discomfort. The burn was small, but severe and it left a permanent scar.

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