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Why does Picric acid is used for treatment of burns?


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February 09, 2011 12:51PM

Picric acid reduced pain and infection and allowed the formation of a scab under which healing took place.Using a one percent solution of picric acid, the wound was cleansed and then all blisters were pricked to release the serum (blister fluid), taking care not to remove the blister itself.

The burn was covered with sterilized gauze soaked in the picric acid solution. The gauze was padded with cotton wool and held in place with a light bandage. After three or four days, the dressing was soaked off and the wound redressed.