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The salt and ice combo: this dangerous new trend giving teens permanent scars

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Latest teen craze: Salt and ice react to burn the skin.

Latest teen craze: Salt and ice react to burn the skin.

When salt is mixed with ice on top of human skin, a reaction occurs which burns the skin in a way similar to frostbite, potentially creating second- or third-degree burns (if not permanent nerve damage) within seconds.

Yet, that’s what a group of teenagers were doing to themselves at a recent sleepover on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, much to their parents’ horror.

Termed the salt and ice challenge, the dangerous stunt is the new way for teens to make fools – and physically injured fools, at that – of themselves on social media.

Rebecca Etherington’s 14-year-old daughter, Hannah, will have a permanent scar on her leg as a painful reminder of what she thought was “harmless fun”.

Mrs Etherington had never heard of the “salt and ice challenge” until she saw the open wound on Hannah’s leg last week.

Hannah told her she had been at a sleepover with a friend and they had taken part in the challenge, which involves pouring salt on the skin and then pressing an ice cube to the area.

The “challenge” first made headlines in the U.S. back in 2012, but it appears it may have

made its way to Australia.

Hannah’s mother went on to explain that her daughter and her friends discovered the challenge “on social media”.

Searching “salt and ice challenge” on YouTube returns 233,000 results. Some of the most-watched videos include “DEADLY ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE” and “Kid Dies From Salt & Ice Challenge (Almost)”.

It’s not the first time a dangerous challenge has been spread across social media. Two years ago, parents were concerned about the cinnamon challenge, in which teens (and adults) attempted to eat a tablespoon of dry cinnamon without gagging.

When the cinnamon challenge didn’t go as planned, the cinnamon could find itself up the nose of the person trying to consume it, which created a strong burning sensation. There was also the possibility that the cinnamon would be inhaled, becoming lodged in the lungs, potentially causing pnuemonia.

But the salt and ice challenge is a different kettle of fish, because injuring yourself isn’t what happens when things go wrong, it’s actually the whole point of the exercise.

Mrs Etherington told the Sunshine Coast Daily that, while many families would see such behaviour as a cry for help, the challenge divorces self-harm from emotional turmoil.

“They’ve turned what used to be something done by kids who are emotionally damaged into the latest craze.”


Henry Sapiecha


Wednesday, August 15th, 2012


With over 200,000 new cases worldwide of malignant melanoma, the most virulent form of skin cancer, reported in 2008 according to Cancer Research UK statistics, limiting exposure to the sun is vitally important. But keeping track of our exposure, particularly on cloudy days, can be a difficult exercise. New technology developed at the University of Strathclyde makes things simpler by providing a visual warning of when to seek some shade or slap on some more sunscreen.
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The technology, which is being commercialized in wristband form by Swedish company Intellego Technologies, works using an acid-release agent that is sensitive to ultraviolet light, and a dye, which responds to pH levels in the indicator. As the risk of sunburn increases, the wristband changes in color from yellow to pink. As the acid-release agent is decomposed by sunlight, the wristband is able to change color quite quickly.

Intellego Technologies plans to have its UV dosimeter wristband available in time for the summer (northern hemisphere) of 2013, probably in the springtime.

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Source: University of Strathclyde

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Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Heal searing burns in minutes

with a piece of raw potato! The potato gently cools the surface, soothes the skin with healing nutrients, and you can feel it draw out the pain

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Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Aloe Vera

The plant Aloe (scientific name Aloe vera) is originally from tropical Africa, but it can now be found all over the world. It is a very common ingredient in many herbal remedies. It is believed that related species were traditionally used as an antidote to treat poison arrow wounds. We know that the Greeks and Romans traditionally used the Aloe vera plant, making a gel to treat battle wounds. Aloe vera was also commonly used during the Middle Ages, where it was a popular purgative. Aloe vera is also widely used in traditional Chinese medicine. In India too the Aloe Vera plant is widely used as highly regarded cooling tonic in gel form. In the 16th century, Aloe Vera reached the West Indies, where it also began to be widely cultivated. The character of Aloe Vera has been described in many ways. Its leaves are often described as hot, bitter and moist. Its gel is described as salty, bitter, cool and moist. The actions of Aloe Vera are described as purgative and healing. Aloe Vera has been known to promote bile flow, heal wounds, stop bleeding, expel worms, reduces blood sugar and cholesterol levels. It has also been known for its rejuvenating and anti-aging properties.

The most common way to prepare the Aloe Vera plant is as a gel. The gel is thick and mucilaginous, and many herbalists recommend that it be used as a first-aid cure for wounds, burns, and sunburn. Aloe Vera gel can also help heal extremely dry skin, and it can be used to treat fungal infections such as ringworm. Gel extracts of the Aloe Vera plant have been successfully used to treat mouth ulcers. Recent research has also shown that Aloe Vera gel may be helpful in treating breast and liver cancers, as well as HIV. In traditional Indian Ayruveda medicine, Aloe Vera gel is used as a tonic for excess pitta (fire element).

The leaves of Aloe Vera, although much less commonly used, can also be helpful for several conditions. The leaves of the Aloe Vera plant are believed to be a strong purgative. They can be prepared and used to treat chronic and stubborn constipation. It is also believed that the leaves of the Aloe Vera plant leaves can be used to stimulate bile flow and to aid digestions. They can also be used to treat poor appetite. One of the best things about the Aloe Vera plant is that they can be grown easily indoors as a houseplant in most temperate climates. There are several practical applications for the Aloe Vera plant. The Aloe Vera gel can be applied directly to burns, wounds, fungal infections, insect bites, and areas of dry skin. You can simply split the Aloe Vera leaf and apply the gel directly. You can also collect the gel from several split leaves of the Aloe Vera plant to make an ointment. The gel of Aloe Vera can also be inhaled as a steam inhalation to treat bronchial congestion. A tincture can also be made from its leaves and taken as an appetite stimulant.

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Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Whale Medicine Makes Scars disappear

Veterinarians And Microbiologists

Develop Antimicrobial Agent

That Works Under Water

September 1, 2008 — Veterinarians added a bioadhesive to an existing antimicrobial agent in order to make it an effective protective agent for aquatic animals such as whales. The adhesive was originally developed to treat burns on humans, but the adhesive helps it stay in place underwater, providing protection from infection and allowing animals’ natural defenses work to heal wounds.

Anytime you cut yourself or get a burn, one of the biggest roadblocks to healing is infection. That’s especially true for burn patients and those with extremely sensitive skin.

Now, there may be a new weapon in the war against infections — even against dangerous germs like MRSA, Super-Staph and other drug-resistant bacteria; and humans aren’t the only ones who stand to benefit Beluga whales, native to the arctic, are some of the Georgia Aquarium’s most popular and talkative residents.

John Widgery is a firefighter of more than 20 years. In an unusual trial, man and beluga became the first test patients for a new kind of anti-microbial compound that enhances the effectiveness of antibiotics to fight dangerous infections.

“We can take even the most drug-resistant bacteria and make them susceptible to very low concentrations of what we call low-class antibiotics; things that aren’t really considered to work anymore,” says Branson Ritchie, D.V.M., Ph.D., a professor at the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine. “We can take those very drug-resistant bacteria and kill them.”

Widgery became one of the first human patients to be treated with the compound after an explosion left him with first- and second-degree burns on his face and arms. “When I stood up, I thought my hair was in my face,” says Widgery. “I wiped my face and found out it was my skin that was hanging in my eyes and my mustache. I reached for it and it was gone. My eyebrows were gone.”

After 12 days of treatment with the experimental anti-microbial, the results were astounding. Widgery’s skin is now back to normal. Meanwhile, University of Georgia veterinarians found they could adapt the same experimental compound to protect beluga whales from dangerous infections by adding a bioadhesive that makes the compound stay on underwater.

“The bioadhesive will stick to those lesions, keep them protected from their aquatic environment and let their bodies do the natural defense that they need to do while protecting it from the environment,” Dr. Ritchie says. It’s disease-fighting research for animals — and people. Widgery is grateful he was part of it.

“I am not a person that cares what I look like, but I am so thankful that I don’t have those scars,” Widgery says. The whales aren’t complaining either.

The human anti-microbial Silvion has now received FDA marketing approval and is available to treat everything from skin cuts to burn injuries. The animal version, Tricide, is being used to treat animals at zoos and aquariums to prevent infection and promote healing.

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