Burn treatment

•  Vitamin C is required for making the collagen (chief protein of fibrous and scar tissue) needed to heal the burned skin. Under the stress of injury, the demand for vitamin C rises, and so does your requirement. Recommendation: 10,000 mg immediately after the burn occurs; 2000 mg 3 times daily until healed. One tablespoon of powdered vitamin C added to 1 quart of cold water and sprayed on the burn enhances healing as well.

•  Burn treatmentVitamin E taken both internally and applied as the topical oil can help healing and prevent scarring after a burn. Recommendation: Increase your intake of vitamin E by 200IU to 400IU per day under the stress of a moderately severe burn or sunburn (as described above). After the skin has begun to heal—that is, no longer raw, moist, or open—begin to apply the vitamin E oil from the capsules directly to the new pink skin. To cover a larger area of skin, mix the contents of a capsule of vitamin E with a puddle of a good emollient lotion (such as Nivea, Alpha Keri, Lubriderm, or Vaseline Intensive Care) in your palm and apply twice daily to the new pink healing areas.

• During the healing phase of bigger bums—ones that may have required hospital treatment or surgery—because physical and emotional stress increases the demand for the B vitamin complex as well, you will need to increase your intake. Recommendation: Take an extra 100 mg to 150 mg of B-complex daily. You may also want to take an injection of 1000 micrograms of vitamin B12 weekly for 1 month if your physician will assist you. You will absorb the vitamin more effectively in shot form than by mouth.

 
 
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