In science fiction settings, you often see medicine that works immediately, especially when it comes to first aid. Evidently, in the future healing a wound becomes as easy as tapping someone’s arm with an injector or spraying them with a healing mist. But is such a thing ever really possible?
The short answer is no, but the long answer is a bit more complicated than that. We do have something right now that can help reduce the size of injuries and encourage them to heal, but it’s not an instant effect that can remove injuries like they never happened. Instead, what some companies have done is create a spray that combines several chemicals that are useful in treating small wounds and burns.
These chemicals can help fight the harmful bacteria, microscopic fungi, and viruses that might infect a wound otherwise, which means the body’s healing properties can focus on repairing the damage instead of fighting off any invaders. Other chemicals can soothe burned skin, making it easier to focus on other things and potentially allowing the burn to repair itself more quickly.
So while the answer to the starting question is a resounding “no,” it’s also worth pointing out that we do have access to burn cream, anti-bacterial soap, and wound sprays. Thanks to these items and more, the healing process can take place over much less time than before.