Originally Posted by Try2B Comprehensive
All right. Gauze it is. I've been putting aloe on it, not knowing that was banned, so I guess I'll pay the piper for that down the road.
It IS healing pretty fast, other than being pretty yucky. Thanks for the input guys.
Aloe hasn't been "banned", it just isn't as effective for burns as popularly thought:
The Claim: Aloe Vera Gel Can Heal Burns
In 2007, for example, a study in the journal Burns analyzed data from four controlled clinical trials involving a total of 371 patients, some were treated with topical aloe vera and others with placebo. Patients in the aloe vera group appeared to have slightly shorter healing times, but the evidence was not convincing, and the authors recommended further research.
In another study, scientists applied aloe vera to second-degree burns and compared it with other treatments. They found that it “hindered the healing process” when compared with a common antibacterial cream. Then in 2008, still another study looked at aloe vera applied to burns for six weeks and found that it decreased “subdermal temperature within the skin,” but did not reduce bacterial counts or speed the regeneration of skin.
Now, whether it makes burns stop hurting faster (which I have always heard it as) is another matter.
That said, when I get burned (usually from a soldering iron, which can literally burn the skin, not just heat damage, but in a small area), I just cool it down as fast as I can and leave it alone if the skin is unbroken; usually by the time the scab comes off it has healed enough (no raw-looking skin underneath). Obviously, larger burns pose more of a problem with respect to skin prematurely peeling off (luckily I haven't ever had a burn over more than half a square inch or so, even a sunburn). I have also popped blisters before, which you aren't supposed to do (but left the skin intact otherwise). And if it itches, don't scratch it (I did this once without thinking with a burn I got from a big drop of solder on my leg, about 2-3 weeks after I got burned, and it started bleeding when the scab came off; surprisingly, I don't even have a scar there now from what was likely a third degree burn, taking maybe a couple months to heal in total for something less than half an inch across, and much longer before it resembled normal skin).