Saturday, February 23, 2008

Burns :
Consume plenty of
· Foods high in protein and zinc, such as lean meat, poultry, fish and shellfish, eggs, and legumes, to promote healing and tissue repair.
· Water , broth, fruit juices, and other non-alcoholic beverages to replace fluid loss.
· Fresh fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C to foster healing.

In order to promote healing and tissue repair, it is essential for victims of extensive burns to have a well-balanced diet that provides extra calories, protein, vitamins, and minerals. Burn victims also require extra fluids, sodium, and potassium to replace those substances that seep out through damaged skin; if this is not done, there is a danger of dehydration and an imbalanced body chemistry. Second and third degree burns that cause blistering and tissue damage are very serious; they have a high risk of becoming infected by germs that enter the body through the damaged skin.

Include vitamin C in the diet to build and maintain healthy skin and ward off infection.
Often liquid supplements are necessary to maintain a high-calorie intake during the day.
Tea, coffee, and other caffeinated beverages should be avoided; they have a diuretic effect that accelerates fluid loss. Alcohol should also be avoided because it , too, dehydrates the body; it also lowers immunity.

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