Healthy and Eco Living

The month of May is ‘burn awareness’ month in SA. Do you know what to do when you or a loved one get hurt or burnt?

With winter just around the corner and the possibility of load shedding forever looming it is as important as ever to know what to do when you or a loved one gets seriously hurt or burnt.

Someone who has plenty of experience with wound care is Sister Renè Lessing, a Registered Nurse. Among many other things, Sister Lessing created one of the first basic wound care courses in the industry called ‘Back to Basics in Wound Care.’

Most of us think of wounds happening because of a burn, or a nasty fall. But even a small wound, like a dog bite that does not look serious at first, can end up disastrous if not treated correctly. What you can see on the skin, is usually not the actual case under the skin.
The skin is the largest organ in our body and protects us from germs (bacteria, fungi and viruses) that live on its surface. So, when the skin is broken, there is a risk of germs getting into the body and causing an infection. The deeper or larger or dirtier a wound is, the more care it needs.

Burn injuries can happen because of an array of unfortunate events or accidents.
And remember, never apply ice, butter, toothpaste, ice water or egg white. These can introduce even more bacteria, or even increase the damage already done.

What you SHOULD do:
• Rinse the wound with running cool tap water (or cool clean water from a container) for at least
20 minutes. This will cool down the wound and assist with the pain.
• Thereafter lightly cover the wound with either an emergency-type dressing or a Petroleum Jelly
gauze dressing.
• The important rule is to keep it clean and minimize pain, remember that any burn patient needs
medical help, and it is advised to seek professional medical assistance as soon as possible.

Additional treatment tips:
• Medical-grade Honey is the best treatment for most wounds. Melcura™’s Honey range can be
used on any wound with complete safety. Honey is well known for its healing properties,
especially on burn wounds. Always keep a tube of Melcura™ HoneyGel (gel) or HoneyPlus
(ointment) in your first aid kit.
• A Blister – gently clean the blister without breaking the skin and cover with a thin layer of
Melcura™ HoneyGel – place a gentle dressing over it as a cover. Dress it every second day.
• A red angry and warm wound – this might indicate that the wound is inflamed, or infected –
the quick and easy solution is to clean the wound with a wound cleanser such as saline and
place a thin layer of Melcura™ HoneyPlus on the wound and cover it with gauze and a light
• A bite wound – immediately clean the wound with saline and gauze and then cover the wound
with Melcura™ HoneyPlus and gauze. Ensure that the patient gets to a doctor or clinic as soon
as possible for a Tetanus treatment.

Always ensure that you are prepared to treat an emergency that might happen in and around your house. The best way to combat a prolonged healing process, bad scarring and poor functional
outcome, is to correctly manage the burn in the early stages of management. The team at Melcura, manufacturers of wound treatments products, know all too well of the importance of awareness and education when it comes to the prevention and correct treatment of burn injuries.
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