I recently made a Roquefort Pear Salad and had to caramelize the pecans that I was using. Everything went pretty well until I accidentally dropped a pecan on the floor while stirring.
Not wanting the floor to get sticky, I bent oven and picked up the pecan with my bare hands. Bad news! I burned my fingers. The yell was immediate as was the dropping of the pecan back on the floor.
Quickly putting my hand under cold water, I thought the burning sensation would go away. It did not. I quickly ran to the bathroom and got a tube of toothpaste. Remembering from when I was a young girl what my mother used to do (old wives tale), I dabbed a little toothpaste on each burned fingertip.
I have to say it was quite soothing. And — the fingertips healed rather quickly. By the end of the day, my hand was back to normal.