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Old 05-19-2004, 12:31 PM   #1
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Default Help for welding burn, tips?

I burned my fingering hand bad on Monday when I grabbed a hot piece of metal welding some shelves. Yeah I know I shoulda worn my brand new gloves but it's too late. Anyway it blistered so bad that I couldn't sleep from the throbbing pain. I punctured the blister Tuesday morning to relieve the pressure but it still hurts like hell.
I've got a gig on Friday night and practice tonight. The burn is on the inside of the finger that I do most of my playing with.
Do you guys have any tips to speed along the healing process?
I know this is a dumb question but I'm sure you doofuses burn yerselves on a regular basis too.

Thanks.
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Old 05-19-2004, 12:34 PM   #2
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Default Re: Help for welding burn, tips?

too late now, but next time leave the blister intact. run cool water over the burn for 10-15 minutes, apply gunk from a broken aloe leaf/stem
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Old 05-19-2004, 12:38 PM   #3
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Default Re: Help for welding burn, tips?

when ever i do something dumb like that i cut the blister off with a razor blade put some anti-infection cream and wrap with some electrical tape and go back to work. it seems to work
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Old 05-19-2004, 12:40 PM   #4
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Default Re: Help for welding burn, tips?

You shouldn't have broken the blister. It is natures way of preventing infection. At this point, to allow it to heal quickly soak it in a laundry diaper soap called Dreft.
I was instructed to use it by a doctor when I had a 3rd degree burn and it wouldn't heal for three months. The Dreft did the job and the burned healed rapidly.
In order to use it on your gig... The only thing I can think of is the spray bandage that will harden over the area.
Other than that good..drugs,alcohol or maybe even sex will take your mind off of it. I thought at first it was your eyes and I had a good remedy for that. The eyes heal very quickly. Where's your Gloves young man?
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Old 05-19-2004, 12:44 PM   #5
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Default Re: Help for welding burn, tips?

yea, the cold water seems to work best.

I like popping blisters as much as the next guy... but from experience, I know that leaving them in-tact and running them under cold water right after getting them is about the best thing.

If done correctly, you'l end up with a nice layer of dead skin... which might actually help you play better.
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Old 05-19-2004, 12:45 PM   #6
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Default Re: Help for welding burn, tips?

i hope its not your wankin hand. ......dude keep it clean and put some aloe vera on it ...it will heal much faster
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Old 05-19-2004, 12:49 PM   #7
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Default Re: Help for welding burn, tips?

P Nut butter seems to make me feel better
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Old 05-19-2004, 12:51 PM   #8
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Oh well, I guess mistake number one was popping it.
Funny thing is I had my gloves on as I was welding the shelves but i burned myself after I took them off and was 'examining' my handiwork.
BTW, these are the wonkiest pieces of shit shelves you've ever seen. It's a good thing they're going in my kid's room.

Your tips have been duly recorded for the next burn, which I expect will happen in the next week or so.

And Donnie, this is not my wanking hand.
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Old 05-19-2004, 12:52 PM   #9
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Nads.....I know you are somewhere in FL.....soak that puppy in the Ocean. NOTHING will heal it faster!!! (IMHO)
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Old 05-19-2004, 12:53 PM   #10
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They make thimbles to protect injured fingers maybe you can get one, and maybe it will work )and maybe a novicaine shot before the gig, from your local Curandero?).
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Old 05-19-2004, 12:53 PM   #11
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My dad's played keyboards forever, and whenever he screwed up his fingers he'd wrap them in masking tape. That might not work for guitar, but maybe...

And use neosporin on it, LOTS of neosporin. It'll be gone in no time.
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Old 05-19-2004, 12:59 PM   #12
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Nads - An ice pack or even a bowl of ice water will help deaden the pain/burning sensation. I was told this will also help the burn heal faster. If you need to wrap the burn, go to the drug store and look for some of those burn bandages. They have a cooling gel in them and won't stick to the burn.
If you ever burn yourself again, put whatever appendage in cold water or better yet, ice it. Cooling the burn helps the healing process!
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Old 05-19-2004, 01:01 PM   #13
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Default Re: Help for welding burn, tips?

I pop every blister I get... then I bite the dead skin off.
A little puss on the fret board helps quicken the chord changes... and pain is such a rush.

Try some of that rattle can, spray-on skin shit. It may take several coats to get a good thick "guit-fiddle proof" layer. You might want to media blast it and prime it, first.

Otherwise, put it in cider... deep in cider.

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Old 05-19-2004, 01:02 PM   #14
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When I got burnt in my race car the doc had me get so stuff cold silver cream. When you put it on it took away about 75% of the pain.That was on 2nd and 3rd deg burns and no you are not to break the blisters
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Old 05-19-2004, 01:04 PM   #15
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Default Re: Help for welding burn, tips?

I know you are not supposed to, but I always pop the blisters right away.
And now for some good advise...
Aloe vera, I cut my hand on a customers car once.
So I showed him and said, see what your car did to me???
He went home and got me this plant, broke off a leaf and told me to let the sap drip into the wound.
This stuff really seams to speed up the healing process.
If you are a delicate man, I suppose you could go to your local drugstore and get something similar in a tube...
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Old 05-19-2004, 01:08 PM   #16
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The water thing does the trick after the burn. It will alot of times prevent the blister. The burn actually continues after you remove it from the heat source and water stops the continuation. The only bad thing about this is. You have to stick it in water very quickly and where and the hell do you find water that quickly?
I come up with a stupid solution that works for me.
As soon as I get burned... I stick it into my mouth to cool it or lick the area with my tongue.You can actually hear the sizzle from the burning flesh hitting the saliva.
I know it sounds weird but it works with preventing the burngetting worse and 98% of the time, no blister. Wash off the wound after of course to get the mouth cooties and spermoids off the burned area.
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Old 05-19-2004, 01:12 PM   #17
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Default Re: Help for welding burn, tips?

Everbody ready to poo-poo me?

Here it is...

A friend of mine, who has been a welder for a really long time, told me once to put butter on it, right out of the fridge.

I have tried it and it works. Of course, it won't work now.

I would go for the Cider treatment.

It never really cures anything but sure takes your mind off of it.

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Old 05-19-2004, 01:55 PM   #18
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Default Re: Help for welding burn, tips?

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When I got burnt in my race car the doc had me get so stuff cold silver cream.

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You mean Silvadine {SP?} Cream...
That shit is amazing. I can't say it takes the pain away, but what it does, is gives new skin something to grow to.
I had a marble-sized gob of molten metal burn a crater in me... I won't say where...okay, it was my dick ... and the pretty brunette doctor gave me a jar of it. The burn was deep, and made an actual hole into the skin. That cream allowed the skin to grow back and fill the crater. Not even a scar... except for the nightmares. Oh, and she even put a Snoopy band-aid on it for me.

A side note: This burn was caused by a fellow welder playing a prank. While I was on break, he cranked my wire feed all the way up. Not such a bad thing, but I was wire welding with steel wire and argon (spray arc) and it was like it just blew the metal up. I was kneeling down, and welding overhead. It burned through a flame retardent apron, my jeans and shorts. And, yes, I punched that fucker right in the teeth.

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Old 05-19-2004, 02:07 PM   #19
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Default Re: Help for welding burn, tips?

[ QUOTE ]
Everbody ready to poo-poo me?

Here it is...

A friend of mine, who has been a welder for a really long time, told me once to put butter on it, right out of the fridge.

I have tried it and it works. Of course, it won't work now.

I would go for the Cider treatment.

It never really cures anything but sure takes your mind off of it.


RASHY


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You talking about the store bought Martinelli's kids stuff or the ass kicker home brew variety?
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Old 05-19-2004, 02:33 PM   #20
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Default Re: Help for welding burn, tips?

rashy,
do you mean soak it in cider,or
soak it in side her?
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