Epsom soak caused burn on foot. Advice?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by crazy huhn, Sep 26, 2010.

  1. crazy huhn

    crazy huhn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a chicken which has/had bumblefoot on one of her feet.

    I treated it the way I did successfully in the past with other bumblefoot cases: soaked the foot in Epsom salt water, tried to open the scab, but did not find a core or any pus most likely because I caught it early enough. The wound was covered with a Triple Antibiotic, a sterile pad and vet wrap. In addition I gave her Cephalexin as an Antibiotic for 10 days (last dose yesterday).

    But here is my dilemma: I am pretty sure that my Epsom soak was way too hot and caused burning to my poor chicken. Stupid me was wearing gloves while treating her, so it did not feel too hot at the beginning, but it sure was. The skin started to blister and peel, the foot was hot for an entire week and today there was also some clear ooze and she holds her leg up a lot. I feel so bad that I did that to her. The foot does not feel that hot anymore, but it oozes, so I have just put Triple Antibiotic on it and separated her again back in my hospital crate.

    Any other advice on what to do? Because I did not find a core in the bumblefoot, there might be still something going on from that, but most likely the foot problem now was caused by the burn and I am hesitant to open it up again. Sooo mad of myself!!!!
     
  2. crazy huhn

    crazy huhn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anybody?

    It looks worse today.........
     
  3. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    I have amazing luck with sugardine.

    I use Betadine with cane sugar stirred into it until you have the consistency of peanut butter.

    Coat her foot with the sugardine and wrap with gauze, the poultice will pull out the infection.
     
  4. noodleroo

    noodleroo Snuggles with Chickens

    Apr 29, 2010
    Rockport, Tx
    This is way out of my area of expertise but I do know that colloidal silver is good for both burns and infection. Its kind of expensive to buy but cheap to make. You can make it with some really simple stuff; just google how to make it. Other than that, don't be too hard on yourself; you were trying to make it better - she'll be ok...
     
  5. crazy huhn

    crazy huhn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thank You for your kind words. I do feel very bad.....

    Need to find out how to make the colloidal silver or need to buy it. Actually a friend used it on her horse yesterday, first time I heard about it.
     
  6. noodleroo

    noodleroo Snuggles with Chickens

    Apr 29, 2010
    Rockport, Tx
    Its OK. Its how we learn.

    If it is the oozing that you're worried about now, it is probably plasma. My daughter dyed her hair a few years ago and had a horrible reaction to the dye. Her scalp was like your chicken's foot; dripping with plasma. Of course, she healed and your chicken will too. And you'll be a better caregiver for it. You'll probably be able to help somebody else out on this forum with what you've learned...
     
  7. crazy huhn

    crazy huhn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank You so much.

    I have already made a Goggle search on this and how to make it. I guess I will also be able to buy it at a health store or maybe pharmacy store and not at a feed store.
     
  8. geebs

    geebs Lovin' the Lowriders!

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    Wow... okay... here is a thought... did you wrap it after... make sure you aren't sweating it... by using plastic on it... (wrapping it up)... It's okay... I have done waaaay dumber stuff.... Likely she will live!!! [​IMG] Arnica Gel good for healing.
     
  9. FlipFlopFarmer

    FlipFlopFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    that silvadine stuff is what i keep on hand for any animal or human burns, i got a tub from my vet for around 25.oo. I use it on myself, and my pets when need be. When i worked at a vet years ago, we put it on all types of caustic burns from chemical, to heat, to electrical. It is a whitish sort of pearl looking salve. Also u might try aloe vera?
     
  10. 3chimama

    3chimama Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    So sorry for such a hard lesson to be learned...hope her foot is better.
     

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