is an organic
compound found in animal tissues, in micro-organisms, and in some
Its release stimulates muscles to contract,
those in the gastrointestinal tract, uterus, and the bronchi. The
finer blood vessels dilate and become more porous, causing the runny
nose, watery eyes, and tissue swelling of various. In extreme cases
it can lead to exaggerated responses from some insect
venoms, such as Bee Stings.
It also has a
physiological role in the body's defenses against trauma by
being activated by the inflammatory response. This results in
increased blood flow to the damaged area to aid in tissue
Bodily effects in the burns patient
are due to huge
amounts being released, especially when the burn injury
is greater than 30% of Body Surface Area.
The most obvious effect noticed by the
burns patient is the itching that starts as the skin grafts
and start to heal. It is at this time that pressure garments would be
fitted, and just as well, because the eternal itching would cause the
patient to scratch until the newly healing areas were damaged, and
even if he could sleep, he would be scratching in his sleep.
even when wearing a pressure suit, a ruler or pencil inserted under
the elasticised suit can bring Glorious Relief
is when the Antihistamines are
very welcome, and would be for
Later, when the grafted areas have healed,
the itching can continue because the Split Skin Graft provides no
moisturising oils or sweat, and is very dry. I found that the
application of Aloe Vera, and other ointments helped greatly.