Aloe Vera for Burns In Animals – Aloe Vera In Veterinary
Aloe Vera For Burns – treatment
Aloe vera for burns – The history of this plant tells us that it has been used for treating burns for many thousands of years.
In fact it is frequently referred to as the Burn Plant.
In countries where it grows naturally, it is quite common to see this cactus-like plant sitting on the window sills in kitchens.
If someone burns themselves, a leaf is quickly removed and its gelly contents squeezed out onto the burn and rubbed in.
It is interesting that some of the most reputed veterinary textbooks advocate the use of topical Aloe Vera for burns.
Following a burn, prostaglandins and thromboxane accumulate which results in an inflammatory reaction and constriction of blood vessels.
Baxter 6 recommends the topical application of Aloe Vera because it counteracts the effects of prostaglandins and thromboxane.
A number of researchers have demonstrated that Aloe Vera is one of the best topical antimicrobiat preparations to use for burns.
Fubini reported that Aloe Vera relieves the pain of burns, decreases inflammation, penetrates deeply, stimulates cell growth and kills bacteria and fungi.
Baxter concluded that Aloe Vera is a very effective treatment for burns in people and animals – especially when the treatment is started early. So start using aloe vera for burns early
In principle burns should be treated as for any skin injury, as outlined previously under wounds and wound healing.
When a small localised area is involved and of the first degree type, immediately cool it by running cold water over the burn.
Ice can also be used, but be careful not to induce frost bite.
Spray with Aloe Vera First solution and then apply Aloe Vera gelly. This topical application should
be applied as many times a day as feasible – hourly if possible.
This will decrease the amount of skin damage, decrease blistering and increase the rate of healing.
Bandaging of superficial burns is not usually necessary or advantageous.
In animals, burns are often very itchy, causing them to rub and scratch the area. This can result in extensive self-mutilation.
Severe burns require emergency attention by a veterinary surgeon who is experienced in dealing with
this type of specialist injury.
Any respiratory involvement and shock must first be dealt with by the veterinary surgeon.
This can be used to remove any debris from the fire – such as burnt fabric or melted plastic.
Clip all hair from the surrounding area.
The area should be rinsed with cold water to remove any other debris.
Spray liberally with Aloe Vera spray solution.
Large amounts of Aloe Vera gelly – or Aloe Vera propolis creme should then be applied to the burnt areas.
These topical applications require frequent application to maintain moisture in the wounds.
Severe burns can be dressed but since in many cases the skin dies – it is not usually advantageous. It is often advantageous to leave the dead skin in place and to irrigate under its edge with Aloe Vera solution. Over a period of time the dead skin can be removed. It is important not to tear off the dead skin from the underlying tissues before it is ready to come away, otherwise additional damage will occur to the underlying tissues – and particularly the newly forming epithelial cells.
This method allows the skin to act as a natural dressing.