Post # 1
One of my colleagues has a really bad sunburn right now, as in sores and pus coming out of his scalp. He’s in a whole lot of pain.
And my evil colleague just told him to WASH HIS HEAD IN SALTWATER. Apparently this is a good idea because it will ‘clean’ the wounds and make him feel better. She failed to mention, however, that it would hurt like a bitch.
Of course, when I pointed this out I was met with her angry yelling, “what do you know?! what the heck do you know!?” and now I am PISSED.
Does anyone else think it’s really careless to be telling people to do that?! I know salt can clean wounds but come on!
Post # 3
Yikes that would be painful!
He should get an aloe plant and cut the leaves open and slather that all over his head. Poor guy, bet he’ll wear sunblock and a hat from now on!
Post # 4
@ZebraPrintMe: I get the advice– it will clean out the injuries on the person’s head, but it would indeed be highly painful!
It sounds like your “evil colleague” is just mean, and SUPER rude and inappropriate for yelling at you. Avoid her!!!
Post # 5
Oh, I’m sorry collegue, I didn’t know you were a liscenced medical practitioner. I will absolutely respect your medically experienced, fact-based suggestions from now on.
I think washing out with salt is a great way to clean out a small cut or sore, but it can also do more harm than good… especially if you are putting it in a place you can’t see too well, i.e. your scalp.
It could dry out his scalp too much, thus opening it up to more infection.
Besides, he’s probably already getting salts in that wound… from sweating.
He really should see his doctor (a real doctor) if it hurts so much… it already sounds like it’s getting infected.
And that woman sounds like a b-word.
Sorry you have to deal with that crap.
Post # 6
And while salt water is an antiseptic, it would be better to just use mild soap to clean it and then put aloe all over his head, as Bazinga suggested.
Post # 7
lol, I’m so glad this thread was actually literally about salt in a wound… I was so ready for it to be like
“FI’s mom is being mean, the things she said are LITERALLY SALT IN THE WOUND!”
Post # 8
@laughs: Nope! When I say literally, I mean literally! 😀
Post # 9
If his sun burn is pussing he needs to go see a doctor, like yesterday. He’s likely going to need some antibiotics or special cream. My step brother got a really bad one like that, his doctor made him stay inside for a few *weeks*, slathering up in special creams. He needed big time anti inflammatory meds.
It’s possible this co worker was well intended and did not think about how it would effect large wounds…pain wise. He’s should have sought the advice of a doctor in the first place though, so maybe this is a lesson learned. : Hope he feels better soon.
Sorry, edited to add
Regarding the yelling she’s probably embarassed that her medical knowledge (lol) has failed so miserably and now she looks kind of stooopid.
Post # 10
@HappySky7: I will suggest he see a doctor, but after her outburst I don’t think he’ll want to open that can of worms and get yelled at himself…
Post # 11
Oh man. I used to use salt to dry up blisters — and it worked great but it was f***ing savage. Not for the faint of heart. I’d say I did it 50% to dry up the blister and 50% to see exactly what I’m made of. I would never recommend it to someone else unless they were just as hard/crazy as me!!
Post # 12
@iarebridezilla: Yeah, I mean I use saltwater for stuff like ulcers and that’s fine, but these are sores all over, I mean there’s just pus leaking everywhere, it looks like AGONY. He’s said he won’t do it, though. Thank god. He’s also said if he still feels bad he’ll go to the doctor cos he’s scared he might have got heatstroke.
Post # 13
She knows nothing! But I suspect she actually realised what a stupid suggestion she made because she certainly came back with a stupendously OTT reaction!
That’s the trouble with these rare weekends of UK summer. Everyone literally boils their head…
Best thing would be if he got himself to the doctor, pronto. If the sunburn is so bad that there’s pus forming then he might well have sun stroke too.
Post # 14
Okay. A salt wash is a great way to clean and heal a wound. However, the ratio is 1/4tsp to 8oz of water. It should NOT hurt–that means there’s way too much salt.
If he has open sores, he probably has sun poisoning. He needs to drink LOTS of water and do a tea soak, followed by lots of aloe.