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steve-paul ---- no lyrics!!<wah>

Entry: Burns, Sunburns And How To Treat Them - A13418084
Author: steve-paul1990 - U4995751

hello, i kind of noticed a gap and have tried to fill it.smiley - biggrin

any comments and i will update smiley - biro as soon as i can.


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Post 2

Galaxy Babe - eclectic editor

Excellent! Very well done. Just what we needed in this weathersmiley - puff

smiley - ok


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Post 3

steve-paul ---- no lyrics!!<wah>

cheerssmiley - cheers


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Post 4

Serephina

Definately a good entry smiley - ok

Though when you mention bue=rns from hot liquids it might help to clarify that the burns are called scalds not the drinks smiley - sillysmiley - winkeye


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Post 5

steve-paul ---- no lyrics!!<wah>

good point

updatedsmiley - biggrin


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Post 6

Galaxy Babe - eclectic editor

I keep two items in my medical kit for burns: after sun lotion for sunburn (there's nothing better)
and
Arnica Gel for burns like cooking burns, smiley - ok

There's a link to a home first aid kit in one of my entries in PR smiley - run


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Galaxy Babe - eclectic editor

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Post 8

steve-paul ---- no lyrics!!<wah>

thanks, i had put the link to the 'how to make a basic first aid kit' from 'treatment', that was the best word i could find to use.smiley - biggrin


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BigAl Patron Saint of Left Handers Keeper of the Glowing Pickle and Monobrows

Hi Steve-paul smiley - smiley

Interesting and useful Entry.smiley - ok (I've been meaning to write one on 'sun-orotection factors' - which are a bone of contention with me, so maybe your Entry will stimulate me to write it smiley - smiley

Some typos etc:

All burns, internal and external, are damage to... >damaging

Electric, hazardous chemicals and friction > electricity

Maybe list somewhere the types of chemicals that can cause burns e.g. acids, alkalis...

susseptable > susceptible

smiley - ok

smiley - smiley



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Post 10

BigAl Patron Saint of Left Handers Keeper of the Glowing Pickle and Monobrows

Oops, meant to say, it'd be better to put the link to 'enzymes' earlier i.e. where you say, '.... some kinds of enzymes....'

smiley - ok


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Post 11

Danny B

Nice entry! smiley - smiley

You say: "Non-melanoma forms as a growth and is not fatal, as melanoma can be."

While deaths from non-melanoma skin cancer are rare, they do occur, so it's not strictly correct to say that they are "not fatal"

smiley - ok


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Post 12

steve-paul ---- no lyrics!!<wah>

true, i worded that wrong.smiley - erm

thanks for your commentssmiley - ok

updated


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Post 13

U168592

smiley - sorry but I have to pull you up on treatment of burns. As a nurse it's my duty to say that the advice is completely incorrect.

1. You DO NOT apply any lotion, lard, grease or other type of topical cream to any sort of burn as it prevents the natural oils in the skin aiding recovery and can damage tissue, particularly if the victim has a skin condition like eczema. Further damage increases the likelihood of infection.

2. You DO NOT apply gauze to a burn as the fibres can remain trapped in the skin leading to possible infection. I would also refrain from placing a blanket over the burn victim as extreme changes in temperature can lead to further problems, especially in babies or the very old. A blanket can be useful when treating shock however.

3. DO NOT touch the burn, or remove anything sticking to the burn, as this could cause further complications and increase chance of infection.

Treatment for any burn is cool running water over the affected area for at least 10 minutes. For major burns apply a covering of cling film and seek medical aid immediately, at your nearest Emergency Department.

Following the simple four C's usually works:

Cool - with water for 10 minutes
Constrictions removed - like watches or rings
Cover - with cling film (or a loose non-fluffy dressing)
Call - for medical assistance

Any burn victim should be treated for shock and the mechanism of injury should be discovered as burns or smoke inhalation can cause severe damage to the respiratory system so you need to watch for difficulty in breathing.


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steve-paul ---- no lyrics!!<wah>

i've been away for a few days so i haven't been able to revise the article until now.smiley - winkeye

i have updated the bit where i said put gauze on the burn. but i think i had already put most of what else you said, thanks for all of your commentssmiley - biggrin

Updated


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Post 15

Xantief

A nurse once told me that the old folk-remedy of putting butter on a burn is incorrect. She told me, however, that if the skin is unbroken, *toothpaste* provides relief.

Good entry, btw.


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Wilma Neanderthal

Yep, toothpaste (the minty variety) is cooling on a small burn. Other home remedies include the homeopathic advice of running the burn under warm water - as warm as can be tolerated (like heals like) although I have never been able to do this, it hurts too much. Lavender oil is reputed to be a great burns healer (who stuck his hand in a vat of lavender oil after cooking it over a flame by mistake? I will have to see if I can find out for you) but my personal favourite is one that was applied to my ten year old son after he burned his thumb on a car lighter smiley - yikes An old man stuck his thumb into half a lemon.. and it worked. The wound puckered and healed within half an hour but best of all, the pain was manageable within minutes. I think it was BigAl who explained to me that it would have been the limonene tht did it and that info was added to Opti's Lemon entry A10436113
smiley - ok
W


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Sea Change

Emergency training called CERT is available in Los Angeles. It is run by the Fire Department, which knows burns. We were instructed to never put anything hot (like hot water) on a burn, because it is still cooking like a roast removed from the oven. We were instructed to not put anything on a heat burn but lots and lots of gentle cool water. Cling wrap was strongly deprecated! Maybe gauze as it is available in the US is different, or it is more easy to debride than clingwrap here, or something, because we were directed, if the would was more than first degree, to cover the wound with wet gauze, and then cover that with something dry. Perhaps keeping it moist prevents the cloth particles getting stuck.

Toothpaste, as it is made in the United States, is made with a detergent sodium laureth sulfate, which is known to open up small wounds. This is why one is instructed to not brush one's teeth before and after sex as a prevention of AIDS. I would think it a poor thing to put on a burn.

Some arnica gels seem to have silicone oil in them. This may be good for keeping moisture in in case your skin is damaged by radiation burn from the sun, but it would interfere with healing for a heat burn.


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Post 18

BigAl Patron Saint of Left Handers Keeper of the Glowing Pickle and Monobrows

'The first thing to do, with any type of burn, is to remove any further risk of burning, either to remove the person (or yourself) from the area, or removing the cause of the burn.'

In fact, thevery first thing to do with any burn IS to cool it down with copious flowing water, as heat is retained in the wound for quite some time and will continue to damage surrounding cells. Thorough cooling may take 10 minutes or more.

According to my first aid training, one would only attempt to remove burned clothing if it was not sticking to the wound, as this may cause further damage and introduce infectioin.

I think this comment is directed more to PR'rs than the author - the St John First Aid Manual tells you to put NOTHING on a burn, except water (or other cold water-based fluid if plain water is not available.

I think the Entry needs to stress a bit more to cover the injury as burns are extremely susceptible to infection.
Please could you link to my Entry on 'Useful Enzymes' at A3328355. smiley - ta

smiley - smiley


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Post 19

BigAl Patron Saint of Left Handers Keeper of the Glowing Pickle and Monobrows

Actually, just noticed that Matt covered most of these points in Post 13. smiley - oksmiley - smiley


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Post 20

U168592

smiley - nursesmiley - winkeye


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