Q. You have written several times about putting yellow mustard on a burn for relief. Thank goodness I have known about this emergency approach for more than 30 years.
About eight years ago, when my twin girls were three years old, I was cooking myself a cup of noodles in the microwave. I had set it on the kitchen counter and one of my twins picked the cup off the counter and tipped it up as if to drink it like juice. She spilled boiling hot noodles and liquid all over her front.
I immediately took off her shirt, grabbed the mustard out of the fridge and applied it heavily to her chin, neck and face. I covered the burn with paper towel. In the morning I was surprised that there was no blistering or redness. Just a tiny speck of redness remained.
A. We continue to be amazed by reports that cold yellow mustard eases the pain and redness of kitchen burns. We do usually suggest immediate application of cold water (not ice), but cold mustard from the fridge may have the same effect of stopping further heat damage to the exposed tissue.
Other readers say that soy sauce also helps. A severe burn always requires immediate medical attention.
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“Heartburn Symptoms Eased by Apple Cider Vinegar”
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“Headaches: Orange Pith Eases Pain”