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Burns


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First-degree burns affect only the outer layer of the skin. They cause pain, redness and swelling. Second-degree burns affect both the outer and underlying layer of skin. They cause pain, redness, swelling, and blistering. Third-degree burns extend into deeper tissues. They cause white or blackened, charred skin that may be numb.


Notes
  • Make sure you are taking supplements for overall good health. If you are not taking these basic supplements, we recommend Enfuz from Vitabase. When you take a small packet of pills each day, you get all the basic nutrition you need. Each packet contains a multi-vitamin, CoQ10 (for heart health), Omega 3, Vitamin D-3, a probiotic, and a powerful set of antioxidants to help your body fight off disease.
  • Dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO), a byproduct of wood processing, may have the distinct capability to ease pain and encourage healing. Only DMSO that has been purchased at a health food store should be used. There is a commercial-grade DMSO that can be purchased from hardware stores but it is not as good a quality and, therefore, is not recommended. After using DMSO for a time, you may notice that you have a garlicky body odor. This is normal and only temporary.
  • For more serious burns or for burns in sensitive places, a treatment program may need to be medically supervised and can include the use of antibiotics, debridement to remove dead tissue, hydrotherapy to loosen dead skin, and physical therapy or splinting to prevent contractures which are permanent muscular contractions.
  • In extreme burns, a therapy that can be used to reduce edema (swellings), scarring, and contractures may be hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Chances are greatly increased that a skin graft will take hold and stay holding if this treatment option is used.
  • It is vital to treat burns with good hygiene.
  • Third-degree burns may require a prescription of silver sulfadiazine cream (Silvadene). It is extremely uncommon to react to this medication negatively; however, it can happen.
  • Through research, it has been determined that third-degree burn patients should immediately be begun on supplementation of vitamin C. This was after a report appeared in the Journal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation.
  • The reason that skin grafts may be necessary is to help rebuild the skin to its normal state. Skin grafts can be taken from another part of the healthy upper-layer skin from a different part of the body and moved to the burned area. Unfortunately, most seriously burned people do not have enough of their own healthy skin to graft. Currently in production from eral biotechnological companies is artificial skin that has been developed from collagen. Collagen is a fibrous protein that serves as a bond to incite growth of new skin cells and blood vessels. This will also serve to protect the burned area from getting dirty and infection.


Advice
  • Fluids are a key part of the healing process. Make sure you drink enough. Include green drinks and potassium drinks to encourage healing of the tissues.
  • For a first or second degree burn, apply cold running water or a cold compress (not ice water or ice cubes) for at least ten minutes to cool down the area. This will also help alleviate the pain and swelling. Clear the burned area of jewelry, clothing (that is not stuck to the burn), belts, etc. that could cause problems when swelling occurs.
  • In case of infection, carefully wash the infected area with hydrogen peroxide and then put honey on the area 3 times daily.
  • In order to promote healing in your body especially after second or third degree burns, make sure your body is getting enough nutrients. During healing, it is important to include plenty of protein and minerals in your diet (5,000 to 6,000 calories per day).
  • In order to protect against bacterial infection, cover the burn lightly.
  • Keep the burned area out of the sun. Pay special attention to any changes in the burned area - excessive redness, odor, or pus - as these may be signs of infection.
  • See a doctor immediately or go to the emergency room to be treated for a third degree burn. Do not do anything to try to treat the area on your own. Do not ice it or wash it with water. Leave any stuck clothing where it is.
  • The best way to get rid of hot wax, tar, or melted plastic is by hardening the substance with ice water.
  • To help with swelling, elevate the burned area, especially if burns are on hands, feet, or legs.
  • To promote healing, mix a quart of cold water with 1 tablespoon of powdered vitamin C. Spray the burn with this mixture. Clay poultices are also recommended.
  • Treat acid or chemical burns with warm water and apple cider vinegar or baking soda. Soak the burn, if possible, for five minutes daily. If soaking is not possible, then apply a clean cloth soaked in the solution onto the burn, letting it sit for five minutes once daily.
  • Use only 100% pure aloe vera gel on the area after it has cooled. Stay away from butter, greasy substances, or oils. Leave blisters alone.



Helpful nutrients for this condition.

Colloidal silver
Importance: High
Comments: Antibiotic and disinfectant. Helps with the healing process.


Free-form amino acid complex
Importance: High
Comments: Helps heal tissues.


Potassium
Importance: High
Comments: Replenishes lost potassium (due to burns).


Vitamin A
Importance: High
Comments: Rebuilds tissue. Emulsion form is recommended since taken in such high doses.


Beta carotene
Importance: High
Comments: Antioxidant. Forerunner of vitamin A.


Carotenoid complex (Betatene)
Importance: High
Comments: Antioxidant. Forerunner of vitamin A.


Vitamin B complex
Importance: High
Comments: Helps repair skin tissue.


Vitamin B12
Importance: High
Comments: Breaks down protein to assimilate It into the body. Aids in formation of cells. Lozenge or sublingual forms are recommended.


Vitamin C
Importance: High
Comments: Antioxidant. Helps form collagen. Enhances healing of burns.


Vitamin E
Importance: High
Comments: Promotes healing and protects from scarring.


Zinc
Importance: High
Comments: Aids in tissue healing.


Essential fatty acids (flaxseed oil and primrose oil are recommended sources)
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Enhances healing process.


Selenium
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Keeps tissues flexible. Protects cells. Antioxidant.



Helpful herbs and supplements for this condition.

Comfrey Leaf and Wheat Germ Oil
Type: External
Purposes: Comfrey and Wheat Germ Oil is known to promote cell regeneration and helps relieve inflammation, swelling and pain. Wheat Germ Oil is rich in vitamins A, D, and E, and has antioxidant properties. Combine these two herbs, making a compress and apply to the burned areas.

Fresh Ginger Juice or Strong Black Tea
Type: External
Purposes: Soak a cotton cloth in Fresh ginger juice or strong black tea and apply the cloth to the burned area. It is believed that ginger can relieve all types of pain.

Aloe vera
Type: External
Purposes: Applied topically, Aloe Vera will stimulate cell regeneration. Also promotes the healing of burns and contains enzymes that relieve pain. Aloe Vera can be used as the gel, pulp, or liquid and is an astringent and emollient.

Bayberry, Black or Green Tea, Blackberry Leaves, Sumac Leaves, Sweet Gum, and White Oak Bark
Type: External
Purposes: These seven herbs contain Tannic Acid which has anti-bacterial, anti-enzymatic and astringent properties. Combining these herbs in a tea and wet a cotton cloth in this tea, then apply the cloth to the affected area. This procedure can be used on burns that are healing.

Calendula
Type: External
Purposes: Calendula has anti-inflammatory, astringent, antiseptic, and antibacterial properties that help to boost the immune system. It is soothing to the skin and considered to be a good topical healer for wounds and burns.

Goldenseal
Type: External
Purposes: Goldenseal has antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties and can be applied topically to sores and wounds. As a tea it can be taken orally or topically. Prepared as a poultice it can be placed over the burned area and helps to prevent infections.
Cautions: Goldenseal may have a drying effect on milk supply, so it cannot be recommended during lactation. Goldenseal is not to be taken for more than one week at a time. Goldenseal should not be used if you have any of the following: high blood pressure, heart disorders, diabetes, or glaucoma.

Horsetail and Slippery Elm
Type: External
Purposes: The stems of the horsetail plant is rich in silica and silicic acids, that forms collagen, which is important protein in connective tissue and skin. Horsetail is also used topically to heal burns and wounds. Slippery Elm's water-retaining properties make it an excellent ingredient for a soothing compress for burns.

Tea tree oil
Type: External
Purposes: In Australia, tea tree oil was used by aborigines and early settlers to treat burns. Some reports suggest that the herb may help to prevent the spread of infection when used on mild, first-degree burns.
Cautions: Follow all directions on the product package. If you are uncertain about any of the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist. Use for External purposes only.