Topic of the month – May 2014

Time for a barbecue?

On the first warm days of the year the barbecue is taken out of winter storage and the smell of sausages and steaks spreads through our gardens. Fire is always dangerous, and a brief moment of carelessness can quickly lead to severe burns that require medical attention. Deal with your barbecue properly and you can prevent this from happening. In case of an accident deal with burns in the right manner to prevent ugly scars.

Safe barbecuing is not difficult

Most barbecuing accidents happen through carelessness: Instead of using special lighting fluids, methylated spirit or even petrol is squirted over the fire – this creates a flash flame. Safe barbecuing starts with the right lighting fluids. Always heed the instructions and remember that glowing embers can reignite at any time. Also use barbecue trays to prevent fat from dripping onto the burning charcoal and creating new flames. Moreover food cooked on barbecue trays is more healthy. If there are children around, special caution is required. Never leave children unsupervised and ensure that they always stay far enough away from sparks or spitting fat.

Let your barbecue and ashes cool down completely. Always leave the ashes for a day before you put them in the dustbin - otherwise there is the danger of hot embers reigniting and causing a fire.

Treat burns immediately

You can treat smaller burns, e.g. brief contact with the hot grill, yourself. Cool the affected area for a minute under flowing water. Then you can apply an ointment and cover the area with a bandage. Larger or deeper burn wounds must be treated by a doctor to prevent infections or complications.

Burn wounds often leave scars, so scar prophylaxis is especially important. Treat the affected area 2 to 3 times daily with Contractubex® as soon as the wound has closed to prevent the formation of ugly scars.


Contractubex® Composition: 100 g gel contains: 10.0 g Extr. cepae, 5000 IU heparin sodium, 1.0 g allantoin. Indications: Hypertrophic and keloidal scars, movement-restricting and cosmetically disfiguring scars after operations, amputations, burns, and accidents; contractures such as Dupuytren’s contracture and traumatic tendon contractures; cicatricial strictures. Contraindications: Hypersensitivity to parabens. Side effects: Very rare skin reactions. Mode of action: Contractubex® exerts an antiproliferative, antiinflammatory, softening, and smoothing action on proliferating scar tissue. Dosage: Unless otherwise prescribed, Contractubex® should be gently massaged into the skin several times a day until all the gel has been absorbed. In the case of hardened older scars, it may be necessary to cover the treated area with a dressing overnight. Interactions: None known. Package sizes: 20 g, 50 g. Merz Pharmaceuticals GmbH, Eckenheimer Landstraße 100, D-60318 Frankfurt/Main, Germany

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