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Soy Sauce to Ease Burn Pain

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Q. Thanks for the soy sauce hint. I spilled boiling hot honey on the back of my hand. After flushing the burn with cold water to remove all the honey, I remembered the soy sauce and liberally poured straight Kikkoman over my hand. I had no more pain, no blister, not even any redness. Unbelievable but true.

A. You have summed it up: unbelievable but true. We have found applying soy sauce after cold water works well to ease the pain and redness from an ordinary household burn. Severe burns deserve immediate medical attention.

We don't have a good explanation for this, but it may have something to do with the sodium content. One reader found that low-sodium soy sauce was not effective, but Bragg's Liquid Aminos (which contains sodium) worked.

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Great info to have. The last 2 times I burned the back of my hand on the top burners in the oven I used plain salted butter. It immediately took away the sting and I never had any more pain. I was surprised because the next day on one of them the skin looked a bit charred, so I definitely knew that it should have been more painful. Neither of the burns left a scar.

I started to pick up a hot cast iron fry pan by placing 3 fingers on the handle! -which I pulled back immediately. Remembered the soy sauce, but all I had was low sodium. I soaked the fingers in a bowlful while I ate supper. When I removed fingers from soy sauce they started hurting, so I slathered them with yellow mustard, wrapped them for the night, and by the next morning, there was no blistering, just sort of a scaly film of skin under the mustard. That skin flaked off over the next few days. I'm hooked on this cure. I did purchase regular soy sauce to have on hand. Mustard remedy located in Best Choices from People's Pharmacy.

I just happened to tune in on Saturday, and heard the bit on Soy Sauce for burns. I thank you because I burned my finger this morning on my oven, and I used this remedy. This was a pretty bad burn - I'll write again in a few days to let you know how it went.

The Soy Sauce worked. No burning sensation. No blistering. Hope that tomorrow there won't be too much scaring. So far, it's faint, but not even noticeable.... And this was a bad burn.

Tried this on my daughter who burned her finders on a hot iron. Did not work. She is still in pain.

Well, so far it's working pretty well. Soaked a cotton ball in soy sauce and bandaged it over my burn... still tingles a bit, but nowhere near as painful as it was. Weird, but awesome!

wow , sounds corny. but i heated spaghettios in the micro for 2 min. as my dad would say " Dumb sh**!!.

anyways i spilled it on my left hand coming out of the micro and its been on" FIRE!!!!" so ive been holding a paper towel wrapped ice cube for about and hr and it still was burning sooooo baaaad.

so i looked it up and saw "try, Soy Sauce". Man, "oh wow" as soon as I poured it on "Oh what a relief it is", lol".

Cooled the ,"On Fire" feeling as soon as I poured it on. We'll see "next day, feeling" but as of today , "Thank-You!" (Immensely, I Thank You!!)

I burned my fingers a couple of days ago and as I was holding them under cold water, remembered that I had read here about soy sauce. I poured a bit in a small bowl and soaked my fingers for just a minute or two. Mine was low sodium and it worked great. Stopped the pain immediately, no redness or anything.

I tried this.....was not surprised when it hurt Worse! come on...SALT in a WOUND?

used this and it worked great have had my hand in a towel for two hours because of the pain and saw this and tried it and it work woot woot!!!

While cooking, my hand slipped in the boiling cooking oil. I immediately put ice then let water run over the burn. It didnt work. I can still feel the sting and burn. Saw this. Tried soy sauce. And it eased it. But not completely. But it is now tolerable.

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE:

A bad burn (such as the one you describe) requires immediate medical attention!

Dummie me, I was putting my meat loaf back in the oven with the toppings on it and forgot to put my oven mitts back on, first soaked the burn in ice water, then looked this up about the soy sauce. Five minutes later after soaking pain was pretty much over, long story short worked well for me.

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