Thursday, March 8, 2007

Home remedy---burns

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These are home health remedies that have been emailed to me or that I found on the Internet.  I have not tried them all and do NOT guarantee the effectiveness of them.  If you try one and it works, or if you have one that works for you, please email me.  Thanks!

Burns

Burns can be caused by heat, hot liquids, strong chemicals, electricity and radiation. They are classified by the amount of body surface that has been burned, the burn degree, and their depth or thickness.
 
Evaluate the color of the burned skin.  If it is pink to red (like a sunburn), it is a 1st degree burn.  If it is entirely red, it is most likely a second degree burn.  If the skin is white, brown, yellow or black, it's considered a third degree burn.  Finally, blackened skin ranks as a fourth degree burn.
 
Assess the level of pain.  Both first and second degree burns cause pain.  With third and fourth degree burns, pain is generally absent because nerve cells have been damaged.
 
Look for blisters.  Second degree burns produce them, while the other 3 classifications do not result in blistering.
 
Examine the burn for eschar (the hard, leathery dead tissue that comes after a full-skin-thickness injury). Eschar is present in third- and fourth-degree burns.

Understand that first-degree burns require three to five days to heal, second-degree burns take two to six weeks to heal, and third- and fourth-degree burns take many weeks to months to heal. It may take three to five days before you can determine if a burn is second- or third-degree.
 
First degree burns can be treated at home.  Depending on the size of the burn you may want to seek treatment for a second degree burn.  ALWAYS seek medical help immediatly for third and fourth degree burns.  I know, seems silly to have to say that, but we've all heard of some folks who think they can take care of some pretty severe things at home.
 
Home remedies for minor burns
 
  • Skin will continue to burn until cold water or ice is applied, so always cool down the burn first. Ice is good for most burns, but severe burns can only tolerate cold water.
  • Colgate® Toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns
  • Lavender Essential Oil relieves the pain and prevents scarring
  • Soak or coat affected area in egg white. While the egg white is still wet you will feel no pain from the burn. As soon as it dries up the pain comes back so reapplication is necessary.
  • Mix one or two teaspoons of sodium bicarbonate with a very small amount of water, just enough to make it into a smooth paste (not runny). Put the paste directly onto to burned area and leave it for some minutes. It will quickly make the pain subside. When it begins to dry out and fall off, replace it with fresh wet paste. Do this for at least 5 - 10 minutes or more, as required.
  • Place a potato on the burn
  • Place a tomato on the burn
Burn on your tongue
  • Put sugar on it!

I am finding out that I am such a creature of habit.  Throw me a wee lil' bit off my usual schedule (heck, I didn't even know I had any kind of schedule) and everything is all of a sudden way out of whack.  I hope to catch up on laundry and some house cleaning today while Rylie is still sleeping.

Take care and have a good day.
Hugs!
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1 comment:

therealslimemmy said...

i should share this with my friend she burned herself with the curling iron oowww
have a good day
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