It’s the foundation of baked goods and the perfect dredge for chicken and fish, but it can contaminate a burn wound, doctors say.

The claim: Flour can help heal burns because of its absorbent powers

Social media users have long used different platforms to share home and natural remedies. Recently, a Facebook post shared more than 181,000 times is touting the benefits of flour to treat burns.

The post recalls a man burning his hand in boiling water when a friend told him to stick it in a bag of flour for 10 minutes. Once he removed his hand, he claimed there were no red marks or blisters and no pain, adding that he now keeps a bag of flour in the fridge every time he burns himself.

“Flour has heat absorbent property and also has a strong antioxidant property, thus it helps in burn patients if applied within 15