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jamesohgoodie
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Mon Aug 04, 2008 2:30 am

last night i was cooking dinner, and two drops of melted butter in my skillet splattered up and hit me in the arm. now i have two glistening bright pink spots on my arm because my first layer of skin is gone.

any reccomendations for healing? it doesn't hurt too bad but it's rather unsightly and i'd like to get this remedied as soon as possible before risking infection.


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Mon Aug 04, 2008 2:37 am

white vinegar on the burn, it helps calm the pain down



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Mon Aug 04, 2008 2:40 am

your body is the one that is going to heal it and at it's own pace.

your part would be to keep it in a state that will allow for your body to heal it like protecting it by covering it loosly with gause.

i bet you can find plenty of information on google about how to treat 2nd degree burns.

Link: Google Search: treat 2nd degree burn arm

good luck and take ample care


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Mon Aug 04, 2008 4:11 am

You already answered your question. The fastest and best way to promote healing is to prevent infection.

Keep it clean and relatively dry and (if necessary) put a bandaid on them. If it blisters don't poke or pick at it, cover it up with a band-aid until it heals naturally.

If you have any polysporin you can put that on as well, the petrolatum base will be a good protection and the antibiotic will prevent infection. Polysporin is preferable to neosporin, if possible.



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Mon Aug 04, 2008 5:05 am

Burns like that can be very painful ... but they heal best if you leave them open to the air. (more extensive burns need to be covered to reduce fluid loss).

If it is rubbing against something, you may want to cover it with an appropriate gauze dressing.

I got burns like that on my hand (I was doing a morning fry for my kids on Christmas Day) ... it took 3 months for the burn to fade completely because I am diabetic.



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Mon Aug 04, 2008 5:33 am

Cormac_doyle wrote:
Burns like that can be very painful ... but they heal best if you leave them open to the air. (more extensive burns need to be covered to reduce fluid loss).

If it is rubbing against something, you may want to cover it with an appropriate gauze dressing.

I got burns like that on my hand (I was doing a morning fry for my kids on Christmas Day) ... it took 3 months for the burn to fade completely because I am diabetic.


kay well, i'm not diabetic so maybe it'll heal faster? it doesn't really hurt so i'm not concerned about that. what i AM concerned about is when the skin will grow back or at least scab over because right now on my arm it looks quite unsightly (my girlfriend's coming home in two weeks after two months apart. i don't want her to see me wounded as i am).


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Mon Aug 04, 2008 8:01 am

The bright pink patch IS the skin growing back ... and for someone with a normal immune system, it will take 2-3 weeks for it to fade (exact lenght of time will vary depending on the size of the burn, etc.)

Using a mild hydrocortisone will speed the healing process ... but if abused can lead to permanent scarring



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Mon Aug 04, 2008 1:26 pm

In all honesty, the very best thing you could put on it right now is manuka honey.

It's a strong, dark, caramel honey from New Zealand (from the flowers of the manuka tree) and it has around 20 different kinds of antibacterials identified in it so far. So it's a strong antibiotic - in the UK they use it to fight MRSA infections now because it works where other antibiotics won't. It also keeps the burn moist so it won't dry out and promotes safe healing without scarring. I've used it on grease burns before and there's not a scar or mark to be seen, and they healed really fast.

The Maori have used it for centuries for cuts/burns/scrapes/wounds etc, and here in New Zealand it's a very common cure-all remedy for any ailment you can think of, including colds, flu etc.

Just put it on the burn and cover it with a band-aid or plaster or bandage or whatever.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/3787867.stm
http://www.naturalnews.com/023670.html

The second link is about a company making products with it in the US, if that helps... the honey itself is only found in NZ but you can get it worldwide now in health food shops and supermarkets. It tastes great too.


Hope that helps!


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Fri Aug 15, 2008 3:24 pm

aloe vera gel is great for burns. and neosporin mixed in if there's enough damage that you think it might get infected.


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Fri Aug 15, 2008 4:22 pm

LeKiwi wrote:
In all honesty, the very best thing you could put on it right now is manuka honey.

It's a strong, dark, caramel honey from New Zealand (from the flowers of the manuka tree) and it has around 20 different kinds of antibacterials identified in it so far. So it's a strong antibiotic - in the UK they use it to fight MRSA infections now because it works where other antibiotics won't. It also keeps the burn moist so it won't dry out and promotes safe healing without scarring. I've used it on grease burns before and there's not a scar or mark to be seen, and they healed really fast.

The Maori have used it for centuries for cuts/burns/scrapes/wounds etc, and here in New Zealand it's a very common cure-all remedy for any ailment you can think of, including colds, flu etc.

Just put it on the burn and cover it with a band-aid or plaster or bandage or whatever.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/3787867.stm
http://www.naturalnews.com/023670.html

The second link is about a company making products with it in the US, if that helps... the honey itself is only found in NZ but you can get it worldwide now in health food shops and supermarkets. It tastes great too.


Hope that helps!


Manuka is good, so is most honey. I will grant you kiwis that Manuka has been shown to be somewhat stronger against particular bugs, but regular stuff works pretty well, also.



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Sat Aug 16, 2008 3:24 am

Honey is the best thing but not that stuff from the grocery store, they heat that up and it messes it up you need the good stuff from the farmer's market.

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Story?id=5565922&page=2



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Sun Aug 17, 2008 8:02 am

Australian jellybush honey is another good one. Manuka is still the best (I'm not saying that just because I'm a kiwi either!), but yes, any honey - as long as it's natural, pure honey and NOT pasteurised or heat-treated - will have the same kinds of properties. The darker and more 'caramel' it is the better.

Mmmm. And it tastes so good too... :D


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Wed Aug 20, 2008 7:12 am

i had a 3rd degree burn on my leg while testing out a firebomb i made ( i love bombs :D ). it was quite large, maybe 100-150 cm2 (sounds more than it really is).
it hurt really bad and the resulting open wound did not close for over a year.. an open wound on my leg made summer bathing kinda kinky with a leg wrapped in plastic ;P

anyway, with some medical training all i can say is that with such small wounds your body will heal it with no problems. a problem would for example be an infection. keep it clean, cover it up while working etc otherwise it needs alot of air.



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