uranian_poet (uranian_poet) wrote in little_details,

Effect of hypersaline water upon burn wounds

Setting: Ancient Israel

Google Searches: "salt/saltwater/hypersaline water on burns", "salt in wounds", "Dead Sea health effects/burn wounds", "Dead Sea swimming cuts/wounds/burn wounds"

I'm writing a story about the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah through the eyes of the last Sodomite to die. It's important to my plot that this character survive the initial destruction of the city with his six-year-old daughter. (They both die soon afterwards from their injuries, fulfilling Moses' statement that all of the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah were "overthrown".) I believe that the best way for these two characters to escape is by running into the Dead Sea. It's not perfect, but it'll have to do.

My question is about the physical effects of this decision. Both characters are suffering from burn wounds, and clearly they would experience pain from jumping into a giant lake of salt. How bad would this pain be; specifically, would it be bad enough to prevent them from staying within the hypothetical safety of the Dead Sea?

Also, some of the websites I've visited suggest that saltwater makes cuts heal faster and prevents infection, while other websites suggest the opposite. Would saltwater have healing or antibacterial effects upon burns?

Thank you very much for your help!
Tags: israel (misc), ~medicine: burns & smoke inhalation

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