Treat Burns Using Potato Peels

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How To Treat Burns Using Potato Peels

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Doctors around the world have begun using a once ancient burn treatment - potato peels. In 2006, at Jubilee Hospital in Holland, M.H. Kaswani, M.D., discovered the healing powers of boiled potato peels applied to affected areas of skin on acute burn patients. This is attributed to the moisture and anti-bacterial properties contained in potato peels.

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What To Do After You've Been Burned

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    It's important to receive treatment immediately after you've been burned.
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    Not only do you need to relieve the pain right away, but a burn is very susceptible to infection and severe scarring.
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    The severity of the burn will determine the treatment required, and whether or not you need emergency room care.
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    Burns are in three categories by severity:
    First, second, and third degree.
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    The third degree is the most severe, but all three degrees of burns will benefit from the potato peel treatment.
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    Other medical treatments to compliment the potato peel, will be determined by the degree of the burn.
    A description for each type of burn will be provided below so you can determine the necessary steps to treat the damaged area, and work toward healing.
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To Treat Your Burn - Follow The Instructions Provided Below

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    First-Degree Burn.
    This is the minor of the three, where only the outer layer of skin (epidermis) has been damaged:
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    1. The skin is slightly reddened.
    2. Swelling of the burn area is present.
    3. There will be slight pain.
    4. Location of your burn will also determine if you need medical care, even for a first-degree burn. If it is on a large area of your face, joints, groin, buttocks, or your hands or feet, you are urged to go to a medical facility.
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    Second-Degree Burn.
    The burn has penetrated the top layer of skin, with damage to the second layer (dermis).  
    1. Blisters are present.
    2. The burned skin is bright red and splotched.
    3. The area is very painful with some swelling.
    4. Use this as a guide for treating a second-degree burn. If the affected area covers less than a three-by-three inch area, it can be treated at home. However, if it covers a larger area, or it occurs in the above-mentioned areas, you must seek professional medical care immediately.
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    Third-Degree Burn.
    This is the most severe burn, causing permanent damage to your skin and tissue.  
    1. Damage can extend as deep as the bones and muscles.
    2. Affected areas will be severely discolored and look dry.
    3. Seek professional medical care as soon as possible.
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Potato Peel Medical Treatment For A First Or Second Degree Burn

For a minor burn of less than three-inches, follow these steps:

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    First, you should calm the burn with cool water or cold compresses for around ten minutes, until the pain is diminished.
    This will slow down the swelling, withdraw the heat, and ease the pain. Do not apply ice!
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    Apply a sterile potato peel that covers the entire burn.
    It can be a boiled potato peel, but must be cooled to room temperature before applying.
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    Bandage the potato peel loosely onto the burn.
    This will protect the burn, and prevent the pain that comes from just the air hitting it.
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    The potato peel and bandage should be changed daily.
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    Take a non-prescription pain reliever, such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, aspirin, or naproxen.
    If you have chickenpox or the flu, avoid using aspirin.
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    A first or second-degree burn will heal in about two weeks with the above treatment daily.
    However, as with any injury, once healed, it may be a different color than the surrounding skin. This is no cause for alarm.
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    After two weeks, if the pain and swelling persist, or if your body temperature, or the redness increases, go to a medical facility.
    Be very careful during the healing process to avoid the sun and or re-injuring the burn. It is recommended to use sunscreen on the healed area for 12 months.
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Potato Peel Medical Treatment For A Third-Degree Burn

For a third-degree burn, follow these steps:

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    Seek medical help or call 911 immediately.
    During the wait, there are things that should be done.
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    The burn victim must be kept away from all heat and smoke.
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    DO NOT remove burned clothes.
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    DO NOT immerse the third-degree burn in cold water.
    It can put the victim in shock, and cause hypothermia.
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    If A) - the victim is not breathing (you do not detect breath coming from their mouth.
    If B) - you do not detect a pulse (by checking the wrist/and or neck area). If C) - you cannot detect a rise and fall of their chest, start CPR right away. Remember, A+ B +C = CPR. ONLY perform CPR if ALL THREE of these things exist. If someone's heat is still beating when you perform CPR, your actions can cause cardiac arrest.
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    If possible, if the burn is on the arms or legs, keep the burned body part elevated.
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    Just as with a minor burn, bandage a sterile potato peel loosely onto the burn.
    This will protect the burn, and ease the pain. The potato peel has anti-bacterial properties, and will keep the wound moist until professional medical help can be received.
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    At the medical facility, you'll receive a tetanus shot for a serious burn if you have not had one in the past five years.
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Even a minor burn can be painful, and become seriously infected. You have learned to take away the pain, prevent infection, and aid the healing process by using the potato peel treatment. The potato peel method was effective burn treatment for centuries, and over time, was somehow forgotten. It has made a comeback, thanks to the initial studies and work of Doctor Kaswani. A potato peel is loaded with vitamins, and is nutritious when eaten, now you know, if you've been burned, potatoes can be very useful on the outside of your body as well.

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Warnings

  • Never apply ice on any burn. It will injure the wound more.
  • Never apply home remedies such as butter, egg whites, or any kind of ointment. It will not aid the burn, and can even bring infection to the burn.
  • If the burn is blistered, prevent the blisters from opening. This will help in the healing process and prevent infection.

Questions and Answers

When using potato peels on burns, do you boil the potato skin?

Yes, potato peels should be boiled before applying them on skin burns. The skin openings on the skin due to a burn are very prone to infections, so it is always recommended that anything applied to it is first sterilized. Boiling is a good and safe way of sterilization.

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Boiling the potato peels may cause the healthy components of the potato peel to leech into the water, making it less effective. For the best results, it's always best to use the peels raw.

Clean the peels by holding them under tap water. Anything more than that will deplete the benefits of the peel.

What is the good of using potato peels in burn patients?

How does it help, medically speaking?

The potato peels can be used as a bandage on the affected area and help moisturize the wound. The skin on the affected are is dry because water evaporates quickly. The potato peels are full of moisture, which is beneficial to the burn, because it hastens the healing of the wounds. The potato peel also has an anti-bacterial content.

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Medically speaking, a dry wound takes longer time to heal and patients with burns are susceptible to dry wounds because water evaporates quickly. So, it is necessary to keep the wound or the affected area moisturized.

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Benefits of potato peels for burn wound vs. using butter?

Potato peels are a cost-effective, natural, and non-sticky alternative to expensive over-the-counter medications for the treatment of burns. It's handy and readily available in every home or kitchen whenever an emergency such as skin burns arise. Potato peels effectively provide the moisture that burns need, which speeds up the healing process and also helps prevent scarring. The potato peel needs to be applied on the affected site immediately. Potato peels are definitely a cheaper, yet effective remedy for mild to moderate or even serious burns on the face and body. Burns on the skin are exacerbated because the skin loses its water content (moisture), which makes it prone to serious infection or complications. Potato peels are great for covering the burned area with its antibacterial properties that reduce pain while promoting quick healing and the recovery of the burnt skin.

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As for using the butter for burns - it simply does not work. This can even aggravate the situation and exposes the burnt skin to wide array of infections. There are also no known scientific studies to back up this butter remedy. After you apply butter on the affected site, the skin will still continue to burn as it actually traps the heat under the skin.

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Has potato on burns been tested? Does it really work?

Potatoes do indeed help with light burns, including sunburns, but honey is actually more effective by far. Honey has antibacterial properties, making it a good natural solution for treating a burn and preventing it from getting infected. That said, you should seek proper medical attention for any serious burns.

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How does a potato help burns?

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The burn happened a week ago

Is it to late to put the potato on a burn so not to scar? 

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Is it okay to put potato on burns from hog-weed?

It has blistered, and the blisters have broken. I've been to hospital and am taking antibiotics.

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How do I heal my burn scar with potato peels?

The scar is quite small, and it is a month old. It might have already developed new skin over it. So I'm worried that anything I try won't work beneath the skin.

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I would like to do a search about this type of treatment.

I would like to know how to prepare this and apply it on burns

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Burns on the back of the hand.

Hot milk was accidentally poured onto the back of hand due to the slipping of the pot. The skin has become red.

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I was told that if someone is burned (hot oil for example), immediate application of grated potatoes can help soak up the heat from the burn. Is this true?

This hasn't happen to me, but I heard that grating potatoes and placing them on a severe burn until the person can be transported to hospital for care, can help to draw out the heat from the burn, and wrapping the burn with saran wrap is even more effective, they say. Is this true? Does it need to be only the peels of the potato or the entire potato?

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It happened a couple of days ago. I burned my leg on my dirt bike exhaust. Someone told me to put a potato on it.

I'm sitting here feeling dumb with a half of a potato on my inner thigh, wondering if the potato trick works. After a couple of days, it still burns a little from time to time.

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I don't understand if the potato should be raw or boiled. If it needs to be sterilized then can I just pour some boiling water on top of the skin?

I tried to cleanse my skin with lemon and have now some red patches with a little blood showing. It seems a little swollen. It's not too bad, but I need to heal it quickly because I am going to a family event on Monday. Thanks. I have tried: Nothing. I think it was caused by: I rubbed the lemon juice on the skin

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