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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Honey on a Sunburn?

For any and all burns, do not apply anything with oil in it. Oil tends to trap the heat and make it worse.
1st degree: light burn, no blister, run under cool water wrap with silvadene or water based antibiotic cream. applying honey will reduce the healing time drastically because the vitamin E in honey is extremely good for the skin. as for pain, pop an ibuprofen (Ibuprofen is a vasoconstricter and reduces blood flow to burn area).
2nd degree: blister will form, avoid popping the blister as this will break the skin integrity and could lead to infection. If you must pop the blister do so by burrowing under the skin with a very clean or steril needle about ¼ a centimeter away from the blister so the fluids have to tunnel out, this makes it harder for bacteria to get into the blister. Apply water based antibiotic cream or silvadene. If the blister does pop and the skin pulls away, apply a thin layer of super glue to the area to create a artificial skin. Application of super glue will actually make the blistered spot a lot less sensitive.
3rd degree: burn that goes down into the other tissue layers. These burns are considered a medical emergency and the patient should be seen by a doctor or a health care provider. Burns this deep can lead to systemic infections and is seriously bad mojo. Keep the area as clean as possible. Do not apply anything to the area.
4th degree: didn’t know there was a fourth degree did you… okay maybe you did. 4th degree is a burn that goes all the way to the bone. Follow the same guidelines as 3rd degree.

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