The efficacy of Aloe vera, tea tree oil and saliva as first aid treatment for partial thickness burn injuries

Cuttle, L.eila, Kempf, Margit M., Kravchuk, Olena, George, Narelle, Liu, Pei-Yun, Chang, Hong-En, Mill, Julie, Wang, Xue-Qing and Kimble, Roy M. (2008) The efficacy of Aloe vera, tea tree oil and saliva as first aid treatment for partial thickness burn injuries. Burns, 34 8: 1176-1182. doi:10.1016/j.burns.2008.03.012


Author Cuttle, L.eila
Kempf, Margit M.
Kravchuk, Olena
George, Narelle
Liu, Pei-Yun
Chang, Hong-En
Mill, Julie
Wang, Xue-Qing
Kimble, Roy M.
Title The efficacy of Aloe vera, tea tree oil and saliva as first aid treatment for partial thickness burn injuries
Journal name Burns   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0305-4179
Publication date 2008-12-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.burns.2008.03.012
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 34
Issue 8
Start page 1176
End page 1182
Total pages 7
Editor S. Wolf
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Language eng
Subject 110399 Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified
321300 Complementary/alternative Medicine
C1
920117 Skin and Related Disorders
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.
Keyword Critical Care Medicine
Dermatology
Surgery
General & Internal Medicine
Dermatology
Surgery
CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE
DERMATOLOGY
SURGERY
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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