Remedy Idea's Needed Please

By rbergman Latest Reply 2009-05-12 10:07:36 -0500
Started 2009-05-08 10:00:46 -0500

On Tuesday while mowing I had gotten a thorn from a wild rose bush in my hand, right in the crease where the thumb meets the palm. I didn't feel it so didn't know it was there until I put my hands back on the push mower handle and shoved the thorn deep into my hand. I stopped and pulled it out, it was sore but nothing too bad. Last night I noticed it was a bit more painful and when I got up this morning it was swollen, red, hot, and I couldn't bend my thumb at all. I reopened the hole and got some gunk out but not the piece of thorn that must still be in there. Years ago my grandmother and parents always had Prid Drawing Salve around for just such things but it is difficult to find these days and at this point I need some immediate relief. Right now I have a piece of bacon fat over the hole and held on with a bandage. I was looking online for other homemade remedies that work to draw out thorns and splinters and such but the ones I found require more obscure ingredients than what I have here at home.
If any of you know of something simple to mix up with common household things that works as a drawing salve please let me know. I am trying NOT to have to go to the doctor office to have this dug out if at all possible.
Thanks so much in advance, I anxiously await your idea's!


6 replies

Judi62 2009-05-12 10:07:36 -0500 Report

If you can get to a drug store, my mother used something she called 'Black Salve'. Not that expensive.

rbergman 2009-05-09 11:00:35 -0500 Report

Well, thanks again all for the advice, unfortunately I had to go to the doctor yesterday afternoon after all. It just kept swelling and I was getting no relief from anything I tried. They found the piece causing the issue about 6cm. from the original hole so it was pretty far in there, a small cut and some tweezers and 1 stitch to close it back up and all is better. Doctor said as far as it had gone in she wasn't sure a drawing salve would have been able to pull it out, however, I ordered some of the prid salve anyway…never know when another thorn or splinter or stinging lil critter will turn up and at least I'll be better prepared next time.
Thanks again all!

kdroberts 2009-05-08 11:37:51 -0500 Report

Try magnesium sulfate, it's a very strong "sucker" because it readily absorbs moisture. You can buy it in gel or a paste but powdered epsom salts would work as well. You may get better results if using epsom salts by mixing it into a thickish paste.

Mom and boys
Mom and boys 2009-05-08 11:33:16 -0500 Report

I think when I was little my mom use to soak bread in Milk and put it under a bandage.

I am actually guessing that it did little but to calm a frantic child down. And once we were calmed down she could actually take the torn out.

2009-05-08 10:40:13 -0500 Report

The only thing I know of besides the bacon fat is a mixture of fels naptha soap (available in the drug store) sugar and water.

I think it's 1/2 tsp of fels naptha soap, 1/2 tsp of sugar, and 3/4 tsp of water. Mix these in the palm of your hand so that the warmth of your skin melts the soap and sugar a little to help in mixing it. Once it's mixed apply it heavily to the wound and cover with a bandage overnight. It should work overnight (8-10 hours)

That's all I remember.

rbergman 2009-05-08 11:30:20 -0500 Report

Thanks I actually found that exact thing on the net but was trying not to have to travel to town, but ty anyway, keeping the bacon fat on there for now to see what it does.

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