Home Remedies for Burns- Are you suffer from burns? Burns are one of the common skin problem that is often experienced by all people, whether children and adults. Burns commonly divided into three levels, ranging from mild, moderate and severe. For mild and moderate burns, you can use some home remedies to help relieve and treat it. However, if you are suffering from severe burns, then you should immediately consult a doctor for proper handling.
What are Burns?
Burns is the injury that caused to the skin because heat, radiation, electricity, chemicals and etc. Minor burns can develop painful blisters if not treated timely. Some home remedies can help promote healing and minimize pain. Minor Burns generally can heal in a few days to three weeks.
Burns is generally divided into three categories, including:
Mild Burns or First Degree Burns: Mild Burns only damaging the top skin layer, making the area red and painful. This only affects the outer layer of skin, and generally causes pain and redness, but do not result in blistering or anything of serious problem. They are often referred to as first degree burns or superficial burns. This condition can be caused by contact with hot liquids or objects, exposure to sunlight or steam. You can easily treat mild burns by using some home remedies below.
Moderate Burns or Second degree burns: This generally affecting both the epidermis and the underlying skin layer called the dermis, and this condition can cause blistering and are much more painful than first degree burns. Moderate burns shouldn’t be too concerning and can be treated with home remedies to help relieve and treat the symptoms. However, be sure to observe for infection.
Severe burns: This is the most serious type of Burns, which can be destructive and do deserve medical attention. This type of burn can damage the deepest skin layers and also can damage blood vessels, nerves, glands, fat, muscle and bone. This can cause unbearable pain due to nerve damage. If you suffer from this type of Burns, immediately consult your doctor.
The Symptoms and Signs of Burn
Here are some of the common symptoms of burns you can observe:
- redness of the skin
- The pain that may range from mild to severe
- Blackening (in case of severe burns)
Home Remedies for Burns
1. Cold Water
This is a simple home remedy to treat burn. You can stop a burn from spreading by running cold water over the burn area for your few minutes within a second of being burned.
- You can also use a cold compress and put it over the affected area.
- Repeat this remedy every few hours to help relieve the pain and discomfort.
- Don’t use ice to treat burns, because it may restrict your blood flow, that can eventually cause damage to the delicate tissues.
2. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is very good to treat burns because it has astringent and tissue-healing properties that can help in healing burns quickly. This will help stop the pain and inflammation, reduce swelling and stimulate skin growth and repair.
- Cut a small piece of aloe vera leaf
- Then apply the fresh aloe vera gel directly on the burn
- You can also mix one teaspoon each of aloe vera gel and turmeric. Then apply it on the affected area
If you don’t have an aloe vera plant, you can apply a cream which has aloe vera as an ingredient.
3. Raw Potato
Raw potatoes are excellent for treating minor burns due to its anti-irritating and soothing properties. This can help reduce the pain and also reduce the chance of having blisters.
- Simply cut a slice of raw potato
- Rub the potato slices on the burn
- Make sure the juice from the potato is releasing over the area.
- You can also grate a raw potato and then apply it on the affected area for 15 minutes.
- For best results, you can use one of the above remedies immediately after the burn occurs.
Honey is a natural antibiotic that can help prevent your burn from becoming infected. It also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which effectively disinfect wounds and helps heal Burns quickly. Honey has a natural pH balance that is inhospitable to the bacteria, thus once it applied topically, it will kill any existing bacteria or infection lingering on the skin. Plus, it can reduce pain, help the skin to heal and reduce the chances of developing hypertrophic scars.
- Spread honey on a gauze bandage and then put it directly on your burn
- Change the bandage three to four times a day.
5. Black Tea Bags
Black tea contains tannic acid which can help to draw heat out of a burn, so as to reduce the pain.
- You can steep three tea bags in a pitcher filled with warm water for a few minutes
- Allow the solution to cool
- Soak a clean cloth in it and put it on the affected area
- Re-apply as required
- You can also put cool, wet tea bags directly on your burn.
6. Coconut Oil and Lemon Juice
Coconut oil is a good source of skin-healing vitamin E and it also contains fatty acids such as caprylic acid, myristic acid and lauric acid which offer anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and antioxidant benefits, which can help keep your burn from becoming infected. While the lemon juice has acidic that can help lighten the scars.
- Take the coconut oil and then add a little lemon juice to it
- Mix it well and apply it on the affected area to help reduce and treat the burn.
7. Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender essential oil is good to help heal burns because it has antiseptic and painkillers properties. This oil can also help reduce the risk of scarring.
- Add 5 drops of lavender oil to two cups of water
- Soak a clean cloth in it and use this as a compress several times
- Alternatively, mix a few drops of lavender essential oil in two teaspoons of honey. Apply it on the affected area several times a day.
Vinegar has astringent and antiseptic properties that is very helpful in treating minor burns and preventing infection.
- You can dilute white vinegar or Apple Cider vinegar in an equal amount of water
- Use this solution to rinse the burned area.
- Now, cover the injured area with a cloth soaked in diluted vinegar.
- Replace the cloth with a fresh one every two to three hours.
9. The Onion Juice
Onion has components like sulfur compounds and quercetin which can help reduce pain, also heal the burn and reduce the chance of blistering.
- First, cut a fresh onion and then apply the juice to the burn
- Only use freshly cut onions, as after a few minutes onions lose their medicinal properties.
- You can repeat this process several times a day.
Here are some useful tips that you can follow to help reduce and treat burns:
- Protect burns from friction
- Avoid re-injuring or tanning the affected area
- Do not use adhesive dressings on the wound
- If the wound develop blisters then do not break blisters as it can increase the risk of infection
- You can also apply some white toothpaste or a regular non-mentholated shaving cream on the affected area to help reduce the infection and swelling.
- Avoid applying petroleum jelly, oil, butter or egg white to burn, because it may trap the heat instead of drawing it out. Also, raw egg whites may contain bacteria.
- It is believed that applying ice can bring relief, but it is usually not recommended because it tends to slow down the healing process.
That’s some of the most effective home remedies to help treat burns. But keep in mind, these remedies are only for minor and first-degree burns. If you have serious burns, then immediately consult your doctor. The same is recommended for electrical burns, or if a minor burn cover larger areas of the skin or gets infected.
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