Condition Focus - Burns

The skin is the body's largest organ and temperatures of 49 degrees C and above can cause damage to its cells. First degree burns affect the very top layer of the skin and cause reddening and heal quickly. 2nd degree burns damage the skin more deeply, leaving blisters but usually heal without scarring. 3rd degree burns are the most serious destroying all layers of the skin and the area affected may look white or charred. Muscles and bones may be exposed if the burn is very deep. These burns need specialised medical treatment and may require a skin graft.

Self Help

  • You can bathe the burn in cold water for up to 30 minutes, if necessary. Dry with a clean sterile dressing and sterile Aloe Vera gel (see below).
  • Take Bach Flower Rescue Remedy every few hours to reduce feelings of shock.
  • For 3rd degree burns immediate medical attention is required. No creams or lotions to be applied.
  • Aloe Vera is good for light burns as it helps to cool the skin as well as heal it.
  • Calendula or Marigold creams are healing and antiseptic, good for broken or peeling skin.
  • Homeopathic Cantharsis 6x taken 2-3 times daily will help to reduce blisters.
  • Dab cold camomile tea on a minor burn. It will soothe the skin and reduce inflammation.
  • Arnica tablets can be taken to help prevent the onset of shock as well as helping to reduce swelling around the burn area.
  • MSM Cream (organic sulphur cream) containing Vitamins A, E, B5, Aloe Vera and Comfrey can be applied topically to aid healing of minor burns.
  • Once healing is underway pierce a Vitamin E capsule and apply directly to the affected are to promote healing
  • Supplements: Take natural source Vitamin E (500iu) x 2 a day to promote healing; Vitamin C is vital for collagen and soft tissue health - take up to 3 grams a day with food. Also take a good quality vitamin and mineral supplement that contains 30-60mg of Zinc which aids skin healing boosts immune function.

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