When the going gets tough, the tough get going. However, in SHTF situations, being strong won’t help you survive if you sustain injuries like burns along the way. Therefore, it’s also important to be smart so that you can properly utilize the limited resources you have. In the absence of conventional treatments, there are many natural remedies for burns that can be easily used by anyone. (h/t to MyFamilySurvivalPlan.com)
Before treating burns, they should first be classified based on two things: the nature of the burn and the degree of the injury. Some of the most common causes of burn include fire, electricity, and chemicals. Burns that are caused by different factors are handled in different ways.
For fire-induced burns, the person should first be taken away from the source. If their clothes, hair, or any part of their body caught fire, this should be immediately extinguished to prevent burns from worsening. The best way to put out the flames is to douse them in cold water. Cold water will help remove the burnt clothing, and will cool the burned areas and relieve pain.
Unlike fire that affects the skin, electrical current can damage a person’s internal organs, most especially the heart. Before doing anything to treat the injury, check the vital signs first in case the patient needs CPR. If this isn’t done immediately then there’s no use in treating the burn since the victim might not even survive. Once the vital signs are stable, you can then proceed to do the appropriate treatments.
Chemicals also cause burns, which is why it’s important to know how to handle them properly. For this type of injury, the affected area should be washed for approximately 30 minutes to make sure that there are no traces of the chemical left. Any chemical residue will continue to destroy the skin and prevent the burn from healing. It’s also important to make sure that the treatment you will be using won’t react with possible chemical residues to prevent further injury.
Burns, no matter the cause, can be further classified into one of the following categories based on severity:
Once the burn has been properly assessed, you can then give the treatment it needs. The following everyday items can be used as alternative treatments for burns in the absence of conventional medications:
Treating burns in the middle of a SHTF emergency doesn’t have to be daunting. Follow SurvivalMedicine.news for more articles about surviving other emergency situations.