Don E. Robinson, M.D. (WA4YYM@AOL.COM)
Wed, 14 Jun 1995 01:07:18 -0400
Steve Elwart writes:
>I learned a tip from a nurse at the Oklahoma Burn Center and carry a can of
>regular (NOT menthol) shaving cream for burns. The shaving cream is
>keeps air and bacteria away from the burn, washes off easily in the
>room, and produces a cooling effect.
Anyone want to comment? For second and third degree burns?? I would asume
foam not gel. I would want a second opinion from those with medical training
From the several professional cooks I know I learned and have used on myself,
is mustard (any brand- although it gives you a craving for hot dogs;-) on
first degree burns from cooking. Put in on, and leave it till completely dry.
I treat burns in the field with applications of ice or cool water, then
cover with a sterile dressing. My Wilderness Medicine textbook says to wash
the burned area thoroughly with soap and water, dry with a clean towel, trim
dead skin with a pair of manicuring scissors. Drain large blisters (greater
than 1 inch diameter)and trim dead skin away. Small thick blisters may be
left intact. Carry a tube of silver sulfadiazine cream and tubes of
antibiotic ointment in your firstaid kit. Either may be used to be spread
lightly on the wound, then wraped with dry clean gauze. My personal
preference would be the sulfa cream. Cannot use this in individuals allergic
to sulfa drugs. I would not put anything else on a burn. Hope this helps.
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