After kena burn from the hot boil water, I realize how minim my knowledge about the first aid is.
My very first reaction is to brush the water away from my leg (Yeah, minimal knowledge cause a stupid action) which cause the skin to peel off and now I have two wounds (1 big and 1 small). Then I apply toothpaste until my dearest Glister from Amway is about to finish. It still feel so damn hot and burning from inside.Then only I called my boy and asked what should I do while googling about the first aid. Alrite, it’s a bit late when kena already then only search for the aid. So learn from experience, at least I should know and have the most common first aid thingy at home.
Never had I know that I should wash the burning area under the cold running water immediately for at least 5 minutes or more. Doing so will reduce swelling by conducting heat away from the skin. And no, no, don’t put ice on it as it will cause frostbite and worsen it.
I googling and found out that it’s not advised to apply toothpaste, not like what I used to believe that the first aid when get burn is to apply that.
Read more about the symptoms and the first aid here and here.
The burn is categorized to 3 stages.
First degree burns damage the outer layer of skin (epidermis) and cause pain, redness and swelling (erythema).
Second degree burns damage the epidermis and the inner layer, the dermis, causing erythema and blistering.
Damage from third degree burns extend into the hypodermis, causing destruction of the full thickness of skin with its nerve supply (numbness). Third degree burns leave scars and may cause loss of function and/or sensation.
Picture taken from here.
I think mine is in between the second and third or is it third already?
My left foot is still swelling.
The burning area is darker than the normal skin. My blistering area already break. I break those myself actually using needle cos it’s not good also to keep the watery thing inside. So now the skin is like balon kempes. -__-”
The two wounds are covered with light yellow antiseptic cream – Burnolplus, RM 5.60, which my boy bought from pharmacy yesterday. He told the pharmacist that my wound is this big, showing it with the finger, and the fella replied that it’s small already. -__-” Alrite, I feel so blessed now.
As I researched on it, I came to the page of its case study. It’s a brand from India since 60 years ago. Hm.. Last week I just knew from an MLM company that this kind of cream is selling pretty good in India. So, I wonder whether the ppl there always kena sunburn, burn or what?
Talking about MLM, from googling around, I found a page in Bahasa Indonesia with mothers sharing the experience and a few recommend a cream from CNI which I forget the name. >.< While my boy’s mum suggest the one from Amway.
Traditionally, there is Aloe Vera that can be use to heal also. I just knew about it while googling for the first aid. Normally my mum mix it with the fruit and long-an as a drink, love it. Besides that, I only know it’s good for our hair as what the shampoo ads always said. My boy’s friend and the girlfriend were so kindly to give the Aloe Vera. I’ve apply it on the burning area last night. It does get better now. At least when I walk it doesn’t feel that pain anymore but still pain when stand there. The wound is slowly heal.
I’m surely gonna have at least one plant of aloe vera at home if I were really stay here for a long time. I think every household should have it too.