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Celandine is a popular medicinal plant whose medicinal properties were known to our ancient ancestors. It is easy to identify him, he is a fluffy bush, blooming with small bright yellow flowers, loves the shady side. Its main feature is yellow juice, which, when it gets on the skin, leaves a brown mark when it dries and a sharp specific aroma. This plant also has a drawback - you can easily get burned from celandine.
The plant treats dermatological diseases, it copes well with fungus, shingles, warts, psoriasis. Thanks to it, inflammation disappears, it also has antimicrobial and antibacterial effects.
For treatment, use its juice, as well as products based on it. They are sold ready-made in pharmacies. Most importantly, remember that this herbal medicine sometimes causes so-called chemical damage to the skin of organic origin. In short, in some cases it leads to irritation.
For this reason, doctors strongly recommend using it carefully and accurately following the dosages and proportions stated in the prescription or instructions.
Celandine burn: causes and symptoms
People with dry and sensitive skin and allergy sufferers are primarily susceptible to burns of this plant. Owners of such an epidermis should be careful when contacting this plant or its tincture. If the treatment involves the use of such a remedy, then try to lubricate only the sore spot with it, healthy skin may suffer.
Also, in other cases, the cause of irritation is cleaning the grass with bare hands without protective equipment or walking in places of violent sprouting with bare feet. The aggressive sap of the plant freely falls on the free areas of the skin and can cause harm.
How to recognize skin areas affected by celandine? Such dermatitis is easily identified by the following symptoms:
- a light brown spot on the skin that gradually takes on a bright red tint;
- slight burning sensation;
Not to be confused with nettle burn. Nettle manifests itself as a sharply perceptible reaction and blisters on the skin, while the plant with yellow juice acts mildly.
In addition to the skin, the eyes can also be damaged by the plant with yellow sap. In this case, you need to be as careful as possible and, without delay, call an ambulance or independently seek help from an ophthalmologist.
Celandine burn: first aid
It should be understood that skin damage by celandine is not considered a particularly dangerous problem, therefore, if you find such dermatitis in yourself, you should not panic, it is easily treated and quickly passes.
Therefore, if, after using the tincture of celandine or walking through the thickets of this plant, you find irritation on your skin, you need to provide first aid:
- Rinse the affected area with warm water. This will wash away the remnants of the juice and prevent the negative reaction from spreading in depth and in breadth;
- Wipe the affected area with laundry soap or baking soda and rinse off after two minutes;
- Apply a compress of zinc ointment to the affected area, it dries and neutralizes itching and redness. If such a product is not at hand, use a baby cream;
- In the future, make sure that the first three days after the injury, the burn site does not come into direct sunlight.
If, after two days, irritation from a plant with yellow flowers continues to bother you, you should consult a doctor. In this case, make an appointment with a dermatologist. He will tell you the right remedy for the treatment.
Celandine burn: how to treat eyes
What to do if celandine juice gets into your eyes? To many, this situation seems impossible, but for the development of such an ophthalmological problem, it is enough to scratch your eyes with your hands, with which the grass was torn before.
Such eye damage is very dangerous. If not helped in time, it can lead to many problems, among which there are various types of conjunctivitis, blindness, both temporary and permanent. Therefore, at the first suspicion and severe burning sensation, an ambulance must be urgently called, which transports the patient to the nearest ophthalmological hospital.
There is no time to waste while the ambulance is on its way. Before the arrival of the doctor, rinse your eyes with clean warm water without adding detergents. This, as in the case of damage to the epidermis, will wash away the remnants of celandine juice and help avoid a more serious burn.
The hospital will provide more serious help. First of all, there they will more thoroughly rinse the eyes with a special neutralizing composition, and also prescribe the necessary medicines, drops, ointments, tablets. Further treatment in severe cases will take place in a hospital, with lighter burns - at home with visits to an ophthalmologist.
Celandine burn: treatment with folk remedies
The ancestors, knowing the harmful effect of the plant with yellow juice, learned to heal with the help of folk remedies. Such methods, although they have a mild effect, successfully cope with this type of dermatitis. Their advantages are naturalness, cheapness and availability of components that are used for healing.
Here are some recipes for folk remedies:
- Aloe. Every thrifty housewife has this medicinal plant on the windowsill. It helps with colds, fights cosmetic problems and dermatological diseases. In this case, the fleshy aloe leaf must be cut lengthwise and applied to the burn with the cut. Fix it with a bandage and leave it for half an hour. If the lesion does not allow fixation, you can lubricate it with aloe juice every five minutes;
- Lotion of sour cream, egg yolk and vegetable oil. Mix the listed components in equal proportions and apply to the affected area of the skin in the form of a compress under a film and bandage. Leave it on for an hour. This lotion successfully copes with itching and redness. It is better to take homemade sour cream, and butter - not refined;
- A decoction of medicinal herbs. For these purposes, the following herbs have proven themselves best: chamomile, calendula, thyme, St. John's wort. If they are not available, and the treatment needs to be carried out urgently, use regular tea, black or green, but only without adding additional flavors. Brew a strong broth and every hour wipe the affected area with a cotton sponge soaked in it.
If such treatment does not relieve symptoms after three days of treatment, you should seek the help of a dermatologist.
Celandine burn: prevention
If in the future you have to fight this medicinal herb, use the following tips:
- Always wear special gloves and long sleeves. Take care of your wrists, there is very delicate skin that is easily exposed to external influences. It will be good if the edges of the sleeves are tucked into the gloves;
- This rule also applies to the legs. Work only in closed shoes and trousers. Don't forget about socks;
- Do not rub eyes and exposed skin when in contact with the plant;
- After contact with the plant, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water;
- If you use celandine as a medicine, read the instructions carefully and observe the required dosage. Do not apply juice or tincture to healthy skin.
These simple rules will help avoid burns and irritations from this plant.
Celandine for medicinal purposes should be used carefully and wisely. He, like most other remedies, can both heal and cripple. Be careful, adhere to the rules of prevention and burns will not be scary.