Damaging Chemical Burns from Tea Tree Oil, What Now?
I have been using tea tree oil for a few years now for its anti-bacterial properties and have never had a problem with it so far.
I dabbed a bit over a cut on my upper thigh, and covered with gauze overnight. I awoke to see my skin had turned a dark purple/blackish colour in a perfectly square shape of the piece of gauze I had on, which absorbed the tea tree oil and spread it. A few days later, the skin peeled off, and now I am left with a weeping, open abrasion the size of a dollar...I have discontinued use, although previously diluted tea tree oil has always worked for me, until it basically melted this patch of skin out of the blue.
Is there a way to speed the healing/avoid scarring in open wounds of this nature? Has anyone experienced similar experiences with tea tree oil or chemical burns?
I don't use tea tree oil very often, but I have in the past without any problems. If it were me, after rinsing it thoroughly, I'd apply either natural vitamin E, you can squeeze it out of a softgel....or extra virgin coconut oil, both of these should soothe and help heal.
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I have used that sort of gauze before, but I am thinking that perhaps the area of skin I applied it to may be more sensitive? I always used the same dilution and was my go-to for minor injuries, etc. Could different areas react so differently as to cause THAT extent of damage, yet work fine on other places?
Could different areas react so differently as to cause THAT extent of damage, yet work fine on other places?
I think some areas of our body are definitely more sensitive. If it is high up on the thigh, that skin may also be warmer temperature wise, just like under the arm, etc. That may intensify the tea tree.
So i have seen the doctor, and they claim that the wound is NOT infected, yet there is still near-constant weeping of clear fluid from the wound. It is still not painful, yet it has been nearly a week with next to no reduction in wound-size. It 'looks' like there may be improvement, as it is turning more whitish than pinkish, although only slightly. Despite the change in colour, the weeping has not slowed, and I will be seeing my family doctor at the end of the holidays if there is no improvement.
Also, the doctor did swabs for infections that came back negative from a few days ago, so why the difficulty in healing? Young 20 year old male for more info...