Flour Takes Away The Pain « True or False?

This was sent to me today via email. Sounds good but I don’t know if it works. Maybe you have heard of it. If so let me know

My experience with burns is this:

Once I was cooking some corn and stuck my fork in the boiling
water to see if the corn was ready. I missed and my hand went
into the boiling water….

A friend of mine, who was a Vietnam vet, came into the house, just
as I was screaming, and asked me if I had some plain old flour…I
pulled out a bag and he stuck my hand in it. He said to keep my
hand in the flour for 10 mins. which I did. He said that in Vietnam,
this guy was on fire and in their panic, they threw a bag of flour all over
him to put the fire out…well, it not only put the fire out, but he never even had
a blister!!!!

SOOOO, long story short, I put my hand in the bag of flour for 10 mins,
pulled it out and had not even a red mark or a blister and absolutley NO
PAIN. Now, I keep a bag of flour in the fridge and every time I burn myself,
I use the flour and never ONCE have I ever had a red spot, a burn or a blister!
*cold flour feels even better than room temperature flour.

Miracle, if you ask me. Keep a bag of white flour in your fridge and you will be
happy you did. I even burnt my tongue and put the flour on it for about 10 mins.
and the pain was gone and no burn. Try it! BTW, don’t run your burn area under
cold water first, just put it right into the flour for 10 mins and experience a miracle!


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17 responses to “Flour Takes Away The Pain « True or False?

  1. Scriptor Obscura

    I never heard of this, but if it actually does work, so much the better!
    I hope that I never have to find out though, it would be bad to stick your burned part into some flour and then find out that it actually doesn’t work after all!

  2. Jim Flechtner

    I have no idea whether this works or not, but my first reaction is one of caution. It seems to me that depending perhaps on the nature of the burn, flour could adhere to the skin and create a growth medium for infection.

  3. Annette Roper

    I don’t know where I saw this but it was in an email and exactly as it is spelled out in this illustration. I fell down a flight of steps last night into my grill. My entire palm was flat on the lid of the grill for 4 or 5 seconds. I don’t know how the grill did not fall over on me. I happened to remember this email and as the burning became INTENSE I poured flour on a plate and put my hand in it and covered my hand and I kid you not in 10 minutes the burning went away and was normal. No pain or redness. This morning I went to the grill and peeled away a hand print of skin…. (i’m guessing) off of the grill cover. I do not know how it worked but absolutly no after effect. i am speachless.

    • HoaiPhai

      Sorry Annette, I cannot believe that what you are saying is true. Your grill cover was hot enough to sear your hand instantly, you peeled skin off the BBQ today, and everthing’s hunkydory? It defies logic and science. Anyone who has burnt themselves badly enough to have skin stick to a hot surface knows that physical damage has been done to the underlying tissues that any chemical or medication cannot reverse. Time is required to heal such injuries.

  4. HoaiPhai

    Look, I am sorry to burst your balloons but this is a really bad idea.

    Water is the best thing to use because it is a fabulous conductor of heat (so it will absorb the heat from the hand) and, at room temperature, is a liquid (so the water molecules are moving around, improving its ability to absorb the heat and distribute it throughout the total volume of water).

    If you stick a recently-burnt hand, for example, into a plate of flour, your hand will contact very little flour and that flour will have very little mass. Further, I imagine that flour acts like a heat insulator so it will not pass the heat deeper into the flour. Because a burn is primarily a physical effect on the body’s tissues, any “miraculous” medicinal properties attributable to flour, if any, are not important here.

    If you don’t want to take my word on how well water absorbs heat compared to flour, try this little experiment [outdoors away from anything that could catch fire]. Take two metal pie plates and put an inch of flour in on and then put the second pie plate on top of the flour. Put the whole thing on your stove’s burner and turn it on so that the flames do not extend beyond the edges of the plate, noting the burner setting. Keep it there for two minutes. Turn off the burner and then measure the temperature of the bottom and top plates. If the flour begin to smoke or burn, abort this phase of the experiment immediately, but noting how long it took to start to smoke.

    Now do the same, except float the top plate on top of an inch of water. Set the plates on the same burner set at the same setting. Turn the heat off after the same amount of time as passed in the flour phase of the experiment and measure the temperatures of the top and bottom plate. You are likely to notice that the temperature of the bottom plate of the flour plate is much higher than the bottom water plate and that the difference between the temperatures of the top and bottom plates in the flour experiment is greater than the difference between the water experiment plates. If your actual results mirror my predictions, it means that water absorbs and conducts heat better than does flour, so it will remove heat more efficiently than will flour. If the flour started to smoke but the water hadn’t started to boil in the same amount of time, that’s the clincher…the water wasn’t at half the temperature of the flour and clearly shows water’s superiority in absorbing heat.

    Another problem with flour is that its dust can explode if it comes in contact with an open flame.

    People make up these e-mails for egotistical reasons. They want to see them circulate for years knowing that they were the ones responsible. Do not pass these tips along to anyone before finding out if they are true by checking some authoritative source (in this case, ask your doctor). Don’t risk your child being disfigured for life on the word of an e-mail from an ultimately unknown source!

    • lesleyvoth

      Thank you for comment. I put this article on my blog as I thought it was interesting and was looking for some comments on it. Yours was in depth and I appreciate it. I was not sure if I wanted to do your experiment so I went to ‘Snopes‘ again (it was not on their website when I looked before I put the article on my site) who declared it to be ‘false’ information.
      So there you have it. Sounded good but not true.

      • HoaiPhai

        You’re welcome for my comment and thanks for the article in the first place! Whatever I write tends to be in depth, as people who know me claim that as I child I must have been dropped on my head and suffered permanent damage to my brain’s brevity lobe. I didn’t really expect anyone to actually try the experiment (although I believe actual results would be in line with my predictions) but warned readers to carry it out outdoors just in case anyone had that much free time on their hands! Cheers!

  5. Shaun

    I have tried this twice and both times it has worked. I burnt my finger on a dish right out of the oven. My mom told me she had recently heard about putting flour on burns to take away the pain. I got a small bowl and filled it with flour to set my finger in. Within minutes the pain was gone. I don’t know how it works but it definitely works! No pain or blister. A week or two later, I burnt my finger trying to light a candle. I couldn’t reach the wick and held the match a little too long and burnt my finger. Set it in flour and the pain was gone in minutes.

  6. I have just now burnt my finger, and am trying the flour. It burned at first putting the flour on it but as time has gone by the burn is slowly going away. We will see, don’t know if it will leave a blister or not. But it is not hurting any more.

  7. Linda

    A lady from church had me try it for a bun on my finger. I put two table spoons of flour in a small bag and in about 15 minutes the pain was gone.
    The day before I burned a different finger and had it in Ice all afternoon before it quite burning. I think it worked much better than ice.

  8. Nicoleta

    I accidentally touched the cookie sheet I pulled from the oven…and ran cold water on my burned index finger, then took a lemon I had in the freezer and held it for a very long hour…it still hurt…I looked for help, and tried the flour method…How can I begin to thank you ? Wow…I wish I had known this years ago ! I will be able to rest through the night…after just a few minutes…the ache is gone…Thank you God !!…Honey and wheat don’t spoil, do they?…This is simply amazing…

  9. Josie

    It sounds crazy, but this does work! But, what I read and how i do it is, I take a bit of flour add a water to make it a paste and then spread it around the burn. I let it harden and leave it on for approx 20 min and rinse. Pain goes away right after application, no blisters, no pain a bit red. Works great!

    • Nicoleta

      I purchased a small crystal bowl with its own lid :-), and keep it on my kitchen counter filled with white powder, much like the one on my bathroom counter holding baking soda for my teeth :-)…The flour works like chalk on blackboard…I wouldn’t try anything else and I tell everyone. Recently I heard a restaurant cook say she keeps the flour handy…Blessings to all of you.

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