Burns (minor)

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One of the things that could be very painful to experience is having burns. There are actually three types of burns, and you can often hear these terms being used in hospitals whenever medical professionals refer to the severity of damage on the skin.

First-degree burns refer to the condition whereby only the very top layer of the skin got damaged. This type of burn is the easiest to heal. One example of first degree burns is a sunburn. This is usually characterized by redness, pain, and also a mild swelling of the skin.

Second-degree burns are much deeper. One could see blisters forming, and there is also redness, pain, and inflammation. This type often heals without leaving any scars or infection.

Third-degree burns are the most serious of the various types of burns. It affects the entire thickness of the skin, which would include all skin layers. With this type of burn, the blood vessels on that area get damaged, as well as the nerves, making it rather painless. The area also becomes white. This also needs immediate medical attention in order to reduce the risk of scarring and infection.

When one gets burned due to coming in contact with acid, chemicals, and other solvents, it is always best to immediately dowse the affected area with running cool water. This could help in lessening the damage. In rare cases where a child accidentally drinks chemicals like bleach, which burns the esophagus, it is best advised not to induce vomiting, as it will just burn the esophagus on its way up. When this happens, milk must be given to the child and medical help must be sought.

For those who suffer from burns, it is always important to implement certain remedies so as to avoid the worsening of the condition.

 

Remedies, Treatment and Cure for Burns

Foods to Avoided

  • Sugar and alcohol. These slow down the healing process of burns, hence, it is a must to avoid them.
  • Highly-processed foods. These contain an almost nil amount of nutrients and would not aid your body if you have burns.

Friendly Foods

  • Protein-rich foods. Eating high-quality protein is very important especially in the initial stages where tissues start to heal. Eat more organic free-range chicken, beans and lentils, and also fresh fish. A good whey protein powder could also be ideal since this is easily digested and could speed up healing of damaged skin. You could also find whey powders that also include L-glutamine, which is a form of amino acid that aids in tissue healing.
  • Organic nuts and seeds. These contain essential fats and zinc, which are also vital for skin-healing. These include pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds.
  • Wheat germ oil. This has high levels of Vitamin E and aids healing of the skin and in reducing scarring.
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables that contain high levels of carotene. These foods also help in healing the skin. Some examples of which are spinach, sweet potatoes, apricots, carrots, and cantaloupe melons. Green leafy vegetables could help too.

Some Useful Remedies

  • Gotu kola (500mg daily). This is an herb that has been used for centuries to aid the body’s healing process.
  • Vitamin E (500iu twice daily). This also helps the affected area to heal faster. Take this up to the time that the wound heals.
  • Vitamin C (3g daily with food). This is essential to the formation of collagen, which is an important protein that is vital for the renewal of skin cells. Choose a formula that also includes bioflavonoids.
  • Vitamin and mineral supplement. Since one may not avail of all the essential nutrients that the body needs from food, a vitamin and mineral supplement would be essential. Make sure that it contains 30mg-60mg of zinc, which is a very important in improving the immune system and skin healing.
  • MSM (organic sulphur, 400mg three times daily). This has anti-inflammatory property and encourages healing of wounds.

More Helpful Tips

  • Bathe the affected area for 30 minutes in cold water. Dry it with a sterile dressing. Apply sterile aloe vera gel afterwards.
  • A mixture of runny honey, preferably Manuka, plus wheat germ oil, and some comfrey root powder would help in speeding up the healing process.
  • Apply a thin layer of Manuka honey on affected area, then cover it with a sterile gauze. Honey is a very effective antiseptic. It is also has anti-bacterial properties and could very much speed up the healing process.
  • Try fresh potato peelings. You can place them on burns as they could help the skin to heal more quickly. This also helps in reducing infection.
  • Papaya pulp is very good in sloughing off dead tissue and helps in preventing infections.
  • Calendula cream. This helps in promoting tissue repair and in soothing the pain.
  • Lavender oil also aids in healing burns.
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