Second degree burns are fairly common especially if you are involved in hazardous professions like factories or construction industry. In addition, second degree burns can also occur in domestic setting and make become a leading cause of morbidity and cosmetic disfigurement. This type of burns involves the superficial as well as deep layers of skin that definitely requires medical management; however, caution must be taken to avoid deterioration to third degree burns.
Here are a few general tips to optimize recovery of your second degree burns after primary medical management in burn care center:
Since second degree burns have a tendency to induce a more severe inflammatory tissue response that includes blisters or cystic swellings. Although these lesions are fairly annoying and may limit your capacity to do a lot of work, it is highly recommended to avoid unnecessary touching, picking or poking these lesions to minimize the risk of infections.
Research conducted by Bruck suggested that approximately 17% of all second degree burns get secondarily infected by fungal infection. The risk of bacterial infections is even higher.
You may come across a number of websites or other educational material that may suggest home remedies to hasten the recovery of your lesions, but always be sensible and realistic while actually practicing home remedies
Most importantly, before purchasing the dressing, always read the label and instructions (if you are allergic to certain synthetic material, make sure the dressing is free of it).
Limit movement in initial stages of healing.
When the burn injury is fresh, it is suggested to avoid vigorous activity or movement; at least in the first couple of weeks after injury. This is required to lessen the intensity of pain and also to prevent tearing the pre-mature scab. If the burn injury involves limbs, elevate and support the involved limb to minimize inflammatory swelling.
Herbal and nutritional supplements that promote burn wound healing?
Herbal and nutritional supplements alleviate excessive inflammatory responses by the body and promote regeneration of tissues by supplying proteins, micronutrients like vitamins and minerals and other immune boosting functions.
Vitamin E and Vitamin C supplements help in synthesis of collagen. Vitamin C can be obtained from fresh fruits and vegetables like orange, tangerine, lemon, broccoli and beans. Vitamin E can be obtained from fish and meat.
St. John’s Wort supplements aid in reducing inflammatory responses.
Never apply topical herbal aids like aloe vera on second degree burns or third degree burns without speaking to your healthcare professional.