The reduction of itch during burn wound healing

J Burn Care Rehabil. 2001 Jan-Feb;22(1):76-81; discussion 75. doi: 10.1097/00004630-200101000-00017.


The purpose of this study was to find a method to reduce the itch experienced by patients who have sustained burn injuries, by using and comparing the effectiveness of 2 shower and bath oils. One product contained liquid paraffin with 5% colloidal oatmeal and the other contained liquid paraffin. The study was carried out in the Adult Burns Unit, Royal Brisbane Hospital (RBH), Brisbane. It was conducted during a 10-month period from July 1998 until April 1999. Thirty-five acute burns patients participated in an assessor-blind clinical trial. Patients were asked twice daily to rate their discomfort from itch and pain. The amount of antihistamine requested by each patient was totalled daily. Analysis of data supplied by patients showed that the group using the product with colloidal oatmeal reported significantly less itch and requested significantly less antihistamine than those using the oil containing liquid paraffin.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Cutaneous
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Avena*
  • Baths
  • Burns / complications*
  • Burns / therapy
  • Colloids / administration & dosage
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hydrotherapy / methods*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Paraffin / administration & dosage*
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Plant Oils / administration & dosage*
  • Pruritus / etiology*
  • Pruritus / therapy*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Wound Healing / physiology


  • Colloids
  • Plant Oils
  • Paraffin