Burns and Scalds

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Burns and Scalds

The difference between burns and scalds is that burns and scalds is that burns are caused by forms of dry heat, such as fire, electricity, strong sunlight or chemicals. Scalds are produced by damp heat from boiling liquids or steam.

With Burns and Scalds the effects of both on the skin and soft tissues are the same, as is the treatment. With mild burns  the damage is restricted to the outer layer of skin and symptoms include redness, soreness, heat and sometimes blistering. They can be very painful but are seldom actually dangerous unless they cover a large area. Sunburn produces first-degree burns and may also cause fever and produce some swelling of the affected skin.  When it comes to more serious burns the damage goes deeper into the skin, damaging it's lower layers and producing blisters. Third-degree burns are very serious and the affect the soft tissue and nervous system deep beneath the skin.

When to seek further professional advice
Large burns should be treated by a doctor. If a burn does not heal medical treatment should be sought.

Alternative Treatment

Aromatherapy: For minor burns and scalds a few drops of undiluted lavender oil can be applied.
Homeopathy: A homeopath may recommend arnica when blistering has occurred and where there is searing, smarting pain.
Other therapies include: Bach flower remedies and Western Herbalism.

Traditional Treatment

For burns, the area should be bathed in cold water for ten to fifteen minutes and then covered lightly with a clean bandage or cloth. Do not put anything else on the burn site, or apply butter or fat, as is traditionally recommended.

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Author - Body and Mind

Published - 2013-01-18