The efficacy of Aloe vera, tea tree oil and saliva as first aid treatment for partial thickness burn injuries
Cuttle, Leila, Kempf, Margit, Kravchuk, Olena, George, Narelle, Liu, Pei-Yun, Chang, Hong-En, Mill, Julie, Wang, Xue-Qing, & 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), pp. 1176-82.
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.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||*Aloe, Animals, Bandages, Burns/*therapy, Cicatrix, Complementary Therapies/methods, First Aid/methods, Models, Animal, *Phytotherapy, Plant Preparations/*therapeutic use, *Saliva, Skin/injuries/microbiology, Swine, Tea Tree Oil/*therapeutic use, Treatment Outcome, Wound Healing|
|ISSN:||1879-1409 (Electronic)0305-4179 (Linking)|
|Divisions:||Current > Schools > School of Biomedical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2008 Pergamon|
|Deposited On:||27 Feb 2014 00:34|
|Last Modified:||25 Mar 2014 02:06|
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