Treat burns with potato peel

July 16, 2006 |

The potato peel, which housewives discard in the kitchen bin, is being used to treat burns. Doctors have learnt that in case of minor burns, potato peel bandages work better than conventional dressing. Dr.P.V.Naryanan, a plastic surgeon of Jubilee Mission Medical College, in Thrissur, Kerala, told this correspondent the potato peel bandage has three advantages. It’s cheap, non sticky and heals fast. Patients don’t have to cry out loud when it is taken off as it keeps the skin moist. Also, skin replacement has been found to be quicker when potato peel bandages are used”.

The hospital realized the use of potato peel when renowned plastic surgeon of Mumbai, Dr M.H. Keswani, came visiting. He had been experimenting with potato peels for years. Dr.Narayanan said,”Dr.Keswani told us he started thinking about it after a friend said innocuously how similar dried potato peel was to stored skin used by plastic surgeons. He then realized potato peel did not desiccate quickly. Burns patients lose a lot of water through evaporation from the wound and potato peels prevent quick evaporation.

Dr.Dattareya, an Indian-born doctor working in Holland, visited the jubilee Hospital and was amazed at the healing properties of potato peel. “He has published an article on it in a medical journal,” said Dr Narayanan.

It’s been mentioned even in the ancient books. Potato peels provide moisture; they also have anti-bacterial properties that help in healing burn injuries.

It’s the moisture that helps. The juices in a peel keep the wound moist. Perhaps this helps speed up the healing process. A dry wound is very painful and takes longer to heal.

13 Responses to Treat burns with potato peel

  1. JSIDDONS April 29, 2010 at 10:20 pm #

    I have used potatoe skins for years to treat burns. I am also a trained R.N. and, being from Africa originally where burns are commonplace, have often wondered why the medical profession does use this treatment in burn units.
    I have yet to discover anything that works better on reducing pain from burns and anything that engenders healing faster. It is amazing.

  2. Anonymous September 8, 2008 at 10:45 am #

    Learnt is proper British English, it is not proper American English.

  3. Anonymous August 15, 2008 at 2:01 pm #

    Consider your use of “anymore” in your critique.

  4. Anonymous May 19, 2008 at 3:41 am #

    The conjugation of the verb “to learn” in past tense is both “learned” and “learnt”. It is absolutely and 100% grammatically correct. Therefore “Doctors have learnt” IS proper English. This is mainly directed at “anonymous on wed 2007-01-24 20:34”

  5. Anonymous March 29, 2008 at 12:19 pm #

    Maybe you don’t own a Dictionary or you’d know that “learnt” is a real word. Regardless of what you believe you are incorrect and this article is not only informative but also grammatically correct.

  6. Anonymous March 27, 2008 at 1:08 pm #

    I’ve tried this(cut potato in half and placed inside of potato)on a very bad steam burn-IT WORKED- burn should have looked much worse!

  7. Anonymous March 15, 2008 at 4:09 pm #

    I splashed boiling water on my face an hour or so ago. (Not on purpose) I have until a few minutes ago placed thin slices of potaotes on my face. My face, although slightly tender is no longer burning. Most of the redness has faded.

    I hope my grammer and spelling are fine, my face will be thanks to doctors like these.

  8. Anonymous March 10, 2008 at 2:47 pm #

    I sure hope you never need a potato……

  9. Anonymous April 20, 2007 at 7:48 am #

    We capitalize the word “English” in our language. Lay off it is medical advice, not an English lesson.

  10. Anonymous April 12, 2007 at 8:19 am #

    I think the author of the Wednesday 24th Jan. comment should go back to school and learn “proper english”…

    The article is relevant and interesting.

    Bear in mind that this isn’t a scientific journal!

  11. Anonymous February 2, 2007 at 4:49 pm #

    you mean she needs to take a grammar class……….she actually spelled “learnt” right……………..

  12. Anonymous January 24, 2007 at 7:34 pm #

    Nice work, but you might want to take a spelling class before you give anymore medical advice. “Doctors have learnt”? I don’t believe that is proper english! Please spare us next time and actually proof-read your work before you submit it!

  13. Anonymous February 6, 2007 at 3:50 pm #


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