The Eclectic Physician
Natural Health Care
by Beth Burch N.D.
It is important to determine the degree and extent of a burn. A first degree
burn affects the outer layer of skin and will be red and painful. A second-degree
burn damages the deeper layers of skin and will have blisters as well a
redness and pain. A third-degree burn destroys all layers of the skin,
there may be charring or whiteness of the tissue. Sometimes pain is minimal
because nerve endings are destroyed. All third degree burns and any second-degree
burns larger than a quarter should have immediate medical attention to
avoid infection and prevent scarring. First degree burns covering more
than 10% of the body in a child and 15% of the body in an adult should
also have prompt medical attention.
Cool water will often help relieve the pain and reduce the amount of
injury if applied in the first 10 seconds. Continue cool water for at least
30-45 minutes or until the pain is lessened. For first degree burn and
small second degree burns, the area should be washed gently with a mild
soap and water.
Aloe vera- The gel from the inside of the leaves is very cooling and
helps to speed healing of burns. Apply aloe vera gel to the area immediately
after washing and 3-4 times a day.
Calendula- I have found
this wonderful plant to be very helpful in healing burns and other wounds.
It is very soothing as well as antibiotic. Place a good amount of Calendula
salve over the burn and apply a bandaid or dressing. Change the dressing
twice a day, reapplying the salve.
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