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Type: Journal article
Title: The efficacy of Aloe vera, tea tree oil and saliva as first aid treatment for partial thickness burn injuries
Author: Cuttle, L.
Kempf, M.
Kravchuk, O.
George, N.
Liu, P.
Chang, H.
Mill, J.
Wang, X.
Kimble, R.
Citation: Burns, 2008; 34(8):1176-1182
Publisher: Elsevier Sci Ltd
Issue Date: 2008
ISSN: 0305-4179
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Leila Cuttle, Margit Kempf, Olena Kravchuk, Narelle George, Pei-Yun Liu, Hong-En Chang, Julie Mill, Xue-Qing Wang and Roy M. Kimble
Abstract: Many alternative therapies are used as first aid treatment for burns, despite limited evidence supporting their use. In this study, Aloe vera, saliva and a tea tree oil impregnated dressing (Burnaid) were applied as first aid to a porcine deep dermal contact burn, compared to a control of nothing. After burn creation, the treatments were applied for 20 min and the wounds observed at weekly dressing changes for 6 weeks. Results showed that the alternative treatments did significantly decrease subdermal temperature within the skin during the treatment period. However, they did not decrease the microflora or improve re-epithelialisation, scar strength, scar depth or cosmetic appearance of the scar and cannot be recommended for the first aid treatment of partial thickness burns.
Keywords: First aid; Alternative; Aloe vera; Saliva; Burnaid; Tea tree oil
Rights: Copyright 2008 Elsevier Ltd and ISBI. All rights reserved
RMID: 0020114457
DOI: 10.1016/j.burns.2008.03.012
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