Immediately cool the affected area for up to 20minutes using cool running water from a tap or shower. If the patient is badly injured, or the burn is causing significant pain, or involves the eyes, or is larger than half the patient’s arm – call111 for an ambulance. See a doctor if the burn is causing ongoing significant pain, or involves the face, hands, joints or genitals. The injured part (depending on the location of the burn) can be placed in a bowl or bucket of cold water if this is easier than pouring water over the burn. Remember that any substance applied to a burn injury may have to be removed later in hospital and may also delay the healing process.Avoid using adhesive tape on the skin around the burn because this may cause further tissue damage. Hold the affected eyelids open to ensure water washes thoroughly under the lids to remove any trapped chemical. If a limb or finger is involved, keep flooding the area with cold water for up to 20 minutes.
If the patient has been accidentally exposed to fire or heated gases, damage may occur to the mouth and airway.
A dry cough or hoarse voice is an early sign of airway injury and prompt medical care is essential.
If in a closed area, and if safe for the first aider, it is vital to remove the patient to a place free of the risk of further injury and preferably into fresh air. If smoke or toxic gases may have been inhaled – including carbon monoxide from a vehicle exhaust, chlorine, ammonia or hydrochloric acid – remove the patient from any enclosed or restricted area into an open area, pour running  water over the burn for 20 minutes. If there is any breathing difficulty allow the patient to find the position enabling easy breathing with the head and chest raised. After an inhalation incident the patient may suffer from a severe lack of oxygen due to internal damage to the throat, upper airway and lungs.
Smother the flames with a coat or blanket and set the patient onto the ground to remove oxygen from the burning area. The rule is to STOP, DROP and ROLL the patient before checking for burns and cooling the injury.
Sunburn ointment can be applied for minor burns that are not severely blistered and have no broken skin. Seek medical assistance for large-area sunburns, or if the patient is feeling unwell, or if large blisters are associated with the burn.
What is a burn? It's a form of injury to body tissues which is caused by heat, corrosive substances or friction. Burns are categorized according to severity and the severity determines the burn treatment options. 1st-degree burn – A first degree burn is the least serious of the type of burns you can receive and it is limited to only the outer layer of skin. 2nd-degree burn – When the burn goes past the first layer of skin to the second layer that is a second degree burn.
Now that we have some reference on the types of burns out there, what are your treatment options? If a minor burn occurs, there are several steps you can take for immediate treatment of the burn. Cover the burn with a sterile bandage or clean cloth and protect it from pressure and friction.
Over-the-counter pain medications may help reduce inflammation and swelling as well as help with the pain.


If a major burn occurs, there are several steps you can take to immediately treat and care for the burn. If clothing cannot be removed from the victim make sure the victim is not in contact with smoldering materials.
If the victim is breathing, cover the burn area with a moist, cool sterile bandage or clean cloth. Until medical help arrives, continue to monitor victims’ pulse, rate of breathing and blood pressure if possible.
Hopefully you will never be faced with anything more serious than a minor first degree burn, but it is important to know what to do just in case.
I first learned of comfrey about a year ago when my friend Jasmine did a post called Learning Herbs: Comfrey on her cool blog Like a Mustard Seed. Overall, making a comfrey poultice was quite easy, and it did an amazing job in speeding the healing of bruised and swollen tissue.
If you are interested in harnessing the power of comfrey, but don’t have access to fresh leaves, dried comfrey will work just as well!
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24 Responses to Using A Comfrey Poultice To Heal Bruises and Injuries Review – Does It Work? Thanks for joining in with us over at the Creative HomeAcre blog hop, and showing us how do-able this is, and what an abundance of uses. Just a comment that comfrey seeds, roots, and plants can be obtained through Horizon Herbs. Another great herb for resolving swelling and bruises (which I only recently have come to know) is arnica. Just a warning — you shouldn’t use it in an open wound as it could heal in an infectiom! A burn can result from contact with a heat source such as hot metal or electricity, hot liquid or steam.
Seek medical attention immediately.Step 7 Step 7 Seek medical careIf it's third degree, seek care immediately. When you can’t run to the Emergency Room or the neighborhood clinic, the responsibility for medical care may rest on your shoulders. A quick way to tell the difference between a first degree and second degree burn are the presence of blisters. In a severe burn, the skin has been removed and fat, muscle and even bone areas may be affected.
Since it is more likely that you will have and be able to survive first or second degree burns, we will cover those first. Treat a burn as a major burn if the area is more than 2 to 3 inches in diameter or if it is located on the hands, feet, face, groin, buttocks or major joints. To prevent shock, lay the victim flat, elevate the feet 12 inches and cover the victim with a coat or blanket.
Putting ice directly on a burn can cause a person’s body to become too cold and cause further damage to the wound. The ideas expressed on this site are solely the opinions of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the opinions of anyone else. I remember Mum softening the leaves in some hot water (they can be a bit prickly) and then applying them to my brother’s face and making him lay outside in the sun for a bit with his face covered in the softened comfrey leaves.


I blended comfrey leaves and roots and mixed them with some sorbolene cream and then used it as a poultice. I re-read the title multiple times because I could have sworn I was reading some medieval title or something.
The injury is limited only to the outer layer of skin (epidermis), but not all the way through. Also, removing clothes covering the burn is essential for the next step.Step 3 Step 3 Cool the burn siteCool tap water is sufficient to prevent further damage to the tissue. If it's first or second and you're worried about it, never hesitate to go to your own physician to make sure everything is okay.
Burns can have many appearances, especially if more than a 1st degree burn, and people of darker skin tones tend to have even wider variation than caucasians.
Seriously, from simple sun burns to touching that hot item on the stove, or reaching into the over too quickly most of us have been burned to varying degrees.
Knowing how to recognize and treat burns is a medical skill that everyone in your family should have. 1st and 2nd degree burns that do not cover an area of more than 3 inches (length of your finger) are considered a minor burn.
If someone else has caught fire, douse them with water, wrap them in a thick, non-synthetic material such as wool or cotton or lay them on the ground flat and roll them. Do not put the victim in this position if he or she is uncomfortable or if you suspect a head, neck, back or leg injury.
The author may or may not have a financial interest in any company or advertiser referenced. Comfrey includes a chemical compound called allantoin that has great anti-inflammatory properties, aids in wound healing, and encourages new cell growth. I’ve heard of comfrey poultices countless times in literature and history, but never in modern life! I planted seeds from Horizon Herbs 2 years ago and now am digging up comfrey plants to share with friends. Damage to the cells that provide the color to your skin (melanocytes) can cause temporary discoloration or lightened coloration for some time. In their most minor form, burns seldom require much attention, the pain is brief and we go on with our lives. Any action taken as a result of information, analysis, or advertisement on this site is ultimately the responsibility of the reader. I was told it was a 2nd degree burn and would heal by itself but after 2 weeks the blisters have turned to dead skin and are peeling off with the skin underneath having a whitish colour.
In a real grid-down scenario you could easily get scalded when you are trying to boil your water to make sure it is safe for consumption or any one of hundreds of different possibilities.
I’m glad it works, and will totally plant comfrey in my own healing garden in the future!
It is not a pleasant site so i try to bandage it also out of worry that it doesnt get infected because i work in a warehouse. There could be accidents dealing with using fuel such as gas to power your emergency generator.




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