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Burns

Extreme heat, chemicals, and sun exposure can burn tissue and cause a great deal of discomfort. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
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Extreme heat, chemicals, and sun exposure can burn tissue and cause a great deal of discomfort. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
  • Block the harsh rays

    Avoid sunburns by applying sunscreen with a high sun protection factor (SPF) regularly

  • Temporarily treat pain and support healing of minor burns with topical anaesthetics, such as lidocaine (Solarcaine Aloe Extra Burn Relief) and benzocaine (Solarcaine, Americaine Anaesthetic, Dermoplast), as well as vitamins A, C, and E (A&D Ointment, Coppertone Cool Beads)

  • Take extra anti-oxidants

    Protect yourself from harmful ultraviolet rays by taking daily supplements of 1,000 to 2,000 IU of vitamin E and 2,000 to 3,000 mg of vitamin C during periods of high sun exposure

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    Speed the healing of minor burns by applying a stabilised herbal gel three to five times a day

  • Ask about topical silver sulphadiazine (Silvadene) and mafenide (Sulphamylon), medications often prescribed to treat second- and third-degree burns

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The information presented in Aisle7 is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. Self-treatment is not recommended for life-threatening conditions that require medical treatment under a doctor's care. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2015.