Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Pour Some Sugar On Me

Last weekend when I was cleaning out the bird feeder, I scraped some of the skin off the index finger of my dominant hand. I tried to keep a bandage on it so the cut would stay clean, but the bandage kept getting wet and falling off every time I washed my hands and when I worked in the kitchen.

After four days my finger wasn't getting any better. When I was cleaning up after lunch today, I hit the cut and it started bleeding again. I needed to try a new tactic, so today I employed an old folk remedy and used sugar on a cut.

According to this article, sugar is a safe treatment for wounds. Sugar contains natural antibiotics, and it speeds the healing of the skin tissue. It's also cheap and easy to use. I cleaned my finger with soap and water, smeared some triple antibiotic on it, and sprinkled a little sugar on top until the wound was completely covered. After I wrapped the area with a bandage, it stung for a few minutes, then the stinging stopped and my finger started feeling better. Later in the afternoon I got the bandage wet while washing my hands. I took it off and noticed my finger looked less red and puffy, so I went through the whole procedure again.

I got my hands wet again cooking dinner (are you starting to see a pattern?) and needed a dry bandage. Much to my surprise, the scrape on my finger had healed more in a few hours today than it had in the last four days! The deep red had been replaced by pink, and it didn't hurt at all. I repeated the cleaning and sugaring process once more; it will be interesting to see what it looks like in the morning. That is, if I can keep my hands dry until tomorrow.


  1. A few weeks ago on CNN they did a thing on sepsis. Specifically about how you can get it [and it can progress to make you die] from something like a papercut or tiny scrape [every time I grate something, I cut myself for example]. It's very aggressive. Ever since then I've been so paranoid.

  2. That's a new one for me, hopefully I won't be needing it anytime soon:)

  3. Any recommendations for really dry skin?
    I am have never had it so bad as this year!
    Menopause?? Bad attitude??, I just can't seem to find something sort of natural to fix it.
    What do you think?

  4. Emom, Tyler Perry (AKA Madea)talks about the virtues of Vaseline in his book, "Don't Make A Black Woman Take off her Earrings"...