Bruising – Strains and Sprains
Strains are reported to be minor injuries to the muscles and frequently occur in the thigh, calf, shoulder or groins and may result in soreness and stiffness. Sprains are said to be more serious than strains as they take longer to heal and are believed to be more subjected to pain. Sprains may result in damage to ligaments, muscles, and tendons.
It is believed that strains and sprains are caused by physical stress to the muscles and different tissues, for instance, it might be due to lifting heavy objects or overstretching before exercise.
It is reported that consuming the recommended daily amounts of Vitamin C and bioflavonoids may help decrease bruising. Bruising is believed to be easily treated by placing a small witch hazel onto the skin. Arnica is seen as very effective if the bruising had occurred in a horrific accident. Also, the herb horse chestnut has been stated to reduce bruising. Many individuals apply honey on wounds, as this has been reported to be an effective remedy.
It has been recommended to use a hot compress or heating pad on the swelling section, as it may increase circulation.
Damages to the skin, burns are believed to be caused by wet or dry heat, chemicals, and electricity. Burns may be mild, moderate or severe. Mild burns are reported to occur on people that may be exposed to sunlight, as they only involve the outer layer of the skin. Severe burns are reported to affect all the skin layers. It is believed that they may need emergency treatment, such as skin grafting to reduce scarring and this may help in making a quick recovery.
Burns tend to be stemmed by handling hot oil, hot foods or being overexposed to the sun. Electrical burns may arise due to contact with faulty wiring.
The signs of mild burns may include tenderness, inflammation, and swelling. Symptoms for moderate burns might be pain, redness, blisters and also swelling.
In order to treat burns, it has been recommended that one should drink plenty of fluids while the skin is healing. It has been advised to avoid exposing burnt skin to hot water or to the sun and to clean the burns frequently, by using sterile gauze dressings which are believed to maintain burns dry and protect the burns from dirt and bacteria.
Supplements viewed as beneficial for treating burns
– Aloe Vera gel is thought to be useful, as this is said to help in relieving pains, inflammation and help soothe the skin.
– Supplements of Zinc, Vitamin C and Vitamin E may be taken, as they work well when mixed together in strengthening the immune response and in repairing tissues and skin.
– It has been stated that Calendula cream or goldenseal cream may be applied to the burns, as they are believed to feature infection-fighting properties.