(Closed) Literally salt in the wound!

posted 4 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
2188 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2024

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
3248 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@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
2534 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

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
3248 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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
352 posts
Helper bee

 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 # 9
4699 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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 # 11
4416 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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 # 13
2481 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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
11239 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

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.

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