There are many different kinds of burns. Burns can be caused by heat, cold, steam, light, radiation, friction, electric, chemicals, the sun, etc. With any type of burn, there is damage to the skin which is, in essence, a wound that needs to be healed and repaired during proper treatment.
Most burns are usually classified into 3 degrees, predicated on the depth of the skin damage. First degree burns are burns that affect the top layer of the skin, for example a blister or sun burn. Second degree burns are more serious in that deeper layers of the skin are affected, causing damage to the nerve endings and sweat glands. Third degree burns are when the fat layer, including nerves, muscles and blood vessels are affected. Fourth, fifth and sixth degree burns are far more serious.
Medical professionals are now using a special type of honey known as ‘Manuka Honey’ to treat burns. Manuka Honey contains healing properties found in the nectar of a particular floral source, indigenous to New Zealand. Manuka Honey is effective in treating burns for several reasons. Since a burn is technically a wound, Manuka Honey’s antibacterial activity protects the burn from becoming infected. It also has the ability to repair damaged skin and regenerate new tissue. Manuka Honey also contains anti-inflammatory properties which helps in reducing the pain associated with burns.
Because Manuka Honey is so effective in treating burns, it is now being used as a main ingredient in burn treatment products. Honeymark’s First Aid Antiseptic Lotion is sold as an over-the-counter wound and burn treatment and contains Active Manuka Honey as a healing agent. “Manuka Honey is being taken very seriously in the U.S. now that new research is proving its effectiveness,” says Frank Buonanotte, CEO of Honeymark International. “Manuka Honey is an all-natural ingredient that has achieved great success in the treatment wounds and burns because of its amazing healing properties.”