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Burn Injury treatment

Burns are flesh injuries affecting mostly the top two layers of the skin, the dermis and epidermis mostly characterized by redness and blisters. More intensive burns affect the blood vessels, muscles and even bones of the victim. Keeping burn injuries sanitized is vital because infections are able to easily enter the body through the impaired skin.
There are many calamities that could potentially cause a burn injury but the most prominent is being burnt by fire. This can transpire in several ways such as a house fire or even at a family bonfire. When fire becomes too close to the skin, the tissue can be damaged, causing flesh wounds more commonly known as burns. Chemicals, electricity and friction can also cause burns if not dealt with prope View more...
Even though there is no way to predict when a potential burn injury will occur, there are many ways one can attempt to prevent them from happening. Using proper fire safety techniques and keeping a good distance are both essential to avoiding burns from fire. Keeping chemicals in their proper containers are using them with extra care will help avoid chemical burns, while operating extreme care aro View more...
Common Symptoms
The common symptoms of burns vary with each type of burn whether it be first, second or third degree. Common indications of a first degree burn are minute swelling, redness, pain and blisters; while a second degree burn is characterized by severe pain, swelling and blisters that have the potential to rupture. The most extensive type of burn is the third degree burn, characterized by a leathery, wh View more...
Rare Symptoms
There are no rare symptoms related to burns because the indications of burns are fairly straightforward. The only rare instances related to burns are when first degree burns can sometimes evolve into second degree burns due to the spread of infection.
Traditional Treatment
Antibacterial creams are used to treat minor infections in burn injuries. Topical antibiotics are often applied to the affected areas up to three times a day to prevent such infections from occuring. To keep burn victims from being overwhelmed by the pain and shock of their injuries, analgesics are often used to sedate the victims. Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Agents, more commonly known as NSAI View more...
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Throughout history, it is rumored that honey could possibly benefit burn victims. Studies show that this insect-made substance accelerates wound healing in many wounds including burns and has also been used to store skin grafts. Honey has also been described as the best natural dressing for wounds and can soothe the wounds as well, providing relief for the victim. Another natural substance, used i View more...
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At the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Gerlach has developed a "skin gun" which is an experimental burn treatment process which sprays the victim's own stem cells onto the wound. So far each patient whom tested this "skin gun" experienced rapid recovery and skin regrowth within just a couple of days. Meanwhile, at the University of Michigan, scientists developed a lotion that uses nanoemulsion agen View more...
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