Neosporin has never ben very effective for me. Maybe the ointment, and not the cream? Is there such a thing? Is healing an inflammation? I'm confused. :mmm
I'm trying really hard not to have to go to the store. I'd kill for a proven, natural remedy that might be in my kitchen.
A cold wash cloth on the burn, will take the sting out. Must be a very wet cold cloth.
Otherwise, make a paste of plain old rolled oats (oatmeal) and cool water, apply to your skin, let dry, and gently rinse.
Or -- again with the oats -- mix with more cool water to make it a milky-looking liquid, then soak your hand in it.
I appreciate everybody trying to help. What I ended up doing was putting a slightly thick coating of petroleum jelly over the scab, and the itching seems to have stopped immediately. I plan to buy some Neosporin ointment on my very next trip to the drugstore. Luckily, this burn happened several days ago and is not an open wound. I think I am the only person I know who does not keep Neosporin in the house. My skin, which has always been on the dry end of the spectrum, seems to do better with ointments than creams.
I find the Neosporin cream (vs. ointment) to be a little more effective. It's less greasy and stays on the wound better AND doesn't absorb into the padding of the bandage as easily.
The oatmeal solution is a great one. You can even put the oats in a piece of nylon ... or a knee high ... and then soak it in cool water and use it as a poultice.
Also ... something you would use for a sunburn should help.
The scab is a thin one, and it's closer to being healed than not; it's very flat. Plus, I don't have any stupid oatmeal in the house! The burn is not new, so it won't be getting worse unless I burn myself again in the same spot; the pain/burning/"hot" stage is long gone.
In the sciences building, we used an industrial Unguentine ointment for burns. It knocked the pain out immediately. It was pretty amazing stuff. Fortunately, I only had to use it once.