Treating Burns With Flour Has Miraculous Results- Fiction!

Summary of eRumor:

A forwarded email about someone who was treated for a burn by a Viet Nam Veteran using ordinary flour.  The results were so good that it suggests keeping a bag of flour in the refrigerator and using it instead of water for treating burns.

The Truth: has found no evidence of this being true or that flour could be an acceptable treatment for burns when conventional methods are not available. 

It could be a coincidence that this eRumor began circulating around April 1, 2011. 

Updated 4/1/11

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

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 absolutely 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.