First Aid: Bruises, bumps, burns

Take conscious control of the situation or help the other take conscious control of the situation if it is their injury that you are helping with. Do this first
1. Put the body in exactly the same position as it was when it was hurt–e.g. if you bumped your leg on a piece of furniture, put the spot on your leg that was hurt back in touch with the spot on the furniture, but gently this time! (Turn off and cool down any stove, radiator, power tool etc. that was instrumental in causing the injury).
2. Take it away.
3. Repeat 1. and 2. many times (the pain may get a little worse before getting much less)
The reduction of pain from this procedure is due to the following facts. We tend to withdraw our attention from an area of pain, which leaves the pain “stored away”, prolonging it and causing future problems.
Additional relief
1. Touch with the finger, various spots around the wounded area, allowing each “touch” to be felt. (If you are doing this for someone else get them to close their eyes and to let you know when they feel your finger each time.)
2. Treat each side of the body. So if the left leg is injured, touch a spot on the right leg (and make sure it has been felt), and then touch the same spot on the left leg. Right leg, left leg, right leg, left leg, on so on, each time a different spot around the injury.
3. Gradually get closer to the injured area until you are touching it. If the skin is broken, or stitches are required, get the medical work done, or cover with a dressing as appropriate before touching the wound itself.
4. Continue touching around the area, to and from the area, until there is a marked improvement for the person.


Special note on BURNS
What causes burns?
You can get burned by heat, fire, radiation, sunlight, electricity, chemicals or hot or boiling water. There are 3 degrees of burns:
First-degree burns are red and painful. They swell a little. They turn white when you press on the skin. The skin over the burn may peel off after 1 or 2 days.
Second-degree burns are thicker burns, are very painful and typically produce blisters on the skin. The skin is very red or splotchy, and may be very swollen.
Third-degree burns cause damage to all layers of the skin. The burned skin looks white or charred. These burns may cause little or no pain because the nerves and tissue in the skin are damaged.
How long does it take for burns to heal?
First-degree burns usually heal in 3 to 6 days.
Second-degree burns usually heal in 2 to 3 weeks.
Third-degree burns usually take a very long time to heal.
How are burns treated?
The treatment depends on what kind of burn you have.
See a doctor if:
A first- or second-degree burn covers an area larger than 2 to 3 inches in diameter.
The burn is on your face, over a major joint (such as the knee or shoulder), on the hands, feet or genitals.
The burn is a third-degree burn, which requires immediate medical attention.
First-degree burn
Soak the burn in cool water for at least 5 minutes. The cool water helps reduce swelling by pulling heat away from the burned skin.
Treat the burn with a skin care product that protects and heals skin, such as aloe vera cream or an antibiotic ointment. You can wrap a dry gauze bandage loosely around the burn. This will protect the area and keep the air off of it.
Take an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as acetaminophen (one brand name: Tylenol), ibuprofen (some brand names: Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (brand name: Aleve), to help with the pain. Ibuprofen and naproxen will also help with swelling.
Second-degree burn
Soak the burn in cool water for 15 minutes. If the burned area is small, put cool, clean, wet cloths on the burn for a few minutes every day. Then put on an antibiotic cream, or other creams or ointments prescribed by your doctor. Cover the burn with a dry nonstick dressing (for example, Telfa) held in place with gauze or tape. Check with your doctor’s office to make sure you are up-to-date on tetanus shots.
Change the dressing every day. First, wash your hands with soap and water. Then gently wash the burn and put antibiotic ointment on it. If the burn area is small, a dressing may not be needed during the day. Check the burn every day for signs of infection, such as increased pain, redness, swelling or pus. If you see any of these signs, see your doctor right away. To prevent infection, avoid breaking any blisters that form.
Burned skin itches as it heals. Keep your fingernails cut short and don’t scratch the burned skin. The burned area will be sensitive to sunlight for up to one year, so you should apply sunscreen to the area when you’re outside.
Third-degree burn
For third-degree burns, go to the hospital right away. Don’t take off any clothing that is stuck to the burn. Don’t soak the burn in water or apply any ointment. If possible, raise the burned area above the level of the heart. You can cover the burn with a cool, wet sterile bandage or clean cloth until you receive medical assistance.
Is there anything I shouldn’t do when treating a burn?
Do not put butter or oil on burns. Do not put ice or ice water directly on second- or third-degree burns. If blisters form over the burn, do not break them. These things can cause more damage to the skin.
What do I need to know about electrical and chemical burns?
A person who has an electrical burn (for example, from a power line) should go to the hospital right away. Electrical burns often cause serious injury to organs inside the body. This injury may not show on the skin.
A chemical burn should be flushed with large amounts of cool water. Take off any clothing or jewelry that has the chemical on it. Don’t put anything on the burned area, such as antibiotic ointment. This might start a chemical reaction that could make the burn worse. You can wrap the burn with dry, sterile gauze or a clean cloth. If you don’t know what to do, call 911 or your local poison control center, or see your doctor right away.
MY OWN EXPERIENCE
Day-0
Recently I laid on my tummy on bed and fell asleep. Two hours later I woke up. That was not so bad, as I had a good rest. But then I realized that the sunlamp over me was still on at full power. It was a combined UVA, UVB and IR device total 900 watts, and my entire rear from heel to shoulder got cooked.
That day my back was all red and was glowing like a lake of lava. When I pressed my fingertip onto that skin, it turned all white. Like milk. But it did not hurt at all.
Day-1
Next day the pain started to kick in. Oh my goodness, that was so bad that I could not lay on my back, I could not sit on my butt, and best of all, the muscles of the leg at the back started to crampse. My legs got all stiff and I could hardly walk. The only positions I could do was standing straight and kneeling straight. And lying on my tummy, thanks whatever. Sleeping in peace was no option.
Of course I took lots of showers, to cool down the skin and keep it wet. I did not take any medication, just a lot of water intake.
First I applied some mental processes, such as moving the body to the exact “crime” location and then move it away, repeating this many times as to smoothen out any attention. Then I did some touch assists according to some Scientology Dianetics principles as to smoothen out any bad feeling about it.
Day-2
On the physical medical side, the doctor recommended not to put any cream or lotion onto the skin. It got sprayed only once with a homeopathic 70% alcohol based substance to disinfect, and that be it.
My body weight increased by 8 pounds, most likely by the fluid I took. My upper legs got swollen like porc legs. Yak!
As a diet I ate a lot of fried eggs, to make sure my body gets the proteins needed to restore the skin. I could have taken body building anabolics, to double speed the cure, but I did not.
Day-6
A few days passed and finally the skin started to peel off, like a snake does every now and then, and the skin started to be very sore, dry and stiff. I had to vacuum clean the floor twice a day because of the skin particles.
Day-9
Now the itching became unbearable. That was the moment to ignore the doctor’s advice and go for the cheap Nivea Creme, that white paste in the famous round blue tin. I personally hate that cream because it feels like silicon paste, but it does heal hurt skin such as under the armpits when there is red rash. And so I bought a few tins in the supermarket. I smeared thick layers of Nivea Creme all over the place, like butter on a sandwich.
Oohhh what a lovely relief! Within hours the itching almost disappeared, the skin became soft and smooth, and touching the skin did no longer hurt, such as when putting on the pants.
Day-11
At the moment of this writing I am now in the final phase of skin rehab. It itches a little and the stiffness has completely gone. And I lost 6 pounds of weight, and my upper legs were no longer porky’s. Another 2 pounds to go.
I know that only one day more would be sufficient to complete the healing. I stopped drinking a lot of water and left it to my body reserves to manage that one. So for me, the twelve days cure as outlined above is a success.

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