8 Effective Home Remedies for Burns- Natural Treatments
We often face minor burns in our day to day life, especially when we cook. The burn is not only painful but one may also get an infection if not treated on time. It also affects the skin by leaving dark spots that damage our beauty. If burns are not treated properly may also lead to painful blisters.
Burns can be categorized into four categories based on their burn severity. A first-degree burn is the least severe in all three categories. This only affects the outer layer of the skin. The first-degree burn may cause mild pain, redness, and swelling. Second-degree burns affect the inner layers of the skin. This may cause blisters and white, wet, and shiny skin. Third-degree burns can damage all layers of the skin, while fourth-degree burns may damage the joints and bones along with the skin.
You can treat the first-degree burns and second-degree burns (less than 3 inches in diameter) at home with the help of home remedies. But the third- and fourth-degree burns are more severe and needed medical emergencies. These should only be treated in a hospital.
Remember: One should go to the hospital if the burn is more severe. If the burn is first-degree or second degree, you can use home remedies to treat it. Also, you can use home remedies for burns first and then go to the doctor.
We made this list of best home remedies for burns as first aid for burns. But do visit doctors if the burn is severe.
Home Remedies for Burns
Below are some best home remedies for burns. You can use them as a first-aid treatment for the burn. These are very effective in lessening the burning sensation. Read this article to learn which of these home remedies for burns are best for healing your skin, and also which remedies should be avoided.
1. Cold Water or Ice Cubes
You can reduce the pain and intensity of first degree and second degree burns by immediately put them under running cold water. After that rub or put some ice cubes on the burn.
This whole process can cool the skin down, soothe the burn, and prevent further injury.
Keeping a tube of white toothpaste in your kitchen is an excellent idea as it helps in treating burns. Before applying toothpaste wash the affected area under cold water, gently pat dry the area using a paper towel and lastly cover the area with a layer of toothpaste. Applying toothpaste without water can also help.
Toothpaste gives immediate cooling and relief when it applied to minor burns.
Well, the honey is a multi-purpose remedy for many problems. It is also antibiotic in nature and can treat burns. You will be relieved to know that it even helps in reducing the chance of developing any hypertrophic scar.
First, apply a nice coat of honey on a gauze bandage and then place it on the burn. Remember to change the bandage three to four times a day.
4. Black tea bags
Black tea contains tannic acid which helps in reducing the heat of the burnt area and reduces the pain. This works really well and reduces the pain a lot.
All you need to do is steep two to three tea bags in a pot containing warm water for few minutes. Let the solution cool down and soak a cotton ball or a cotton pad in it. Place the cotton ball or cotton pad on the affected area. Repeat this two to three times a day.
The cucumber which is a part of our diet. It is a good remedy to reduce dark circles. The cucumber can be effective in reducing the swelling and redness of the burnt skin. Cucumber contains antioxidants which help in reducing the inflammation. In addition, pantothenic acid present in cucumber helps the skin in retaining moisture which is an add-on.
Cut the cucumber into slices and place it on the burn. Do not rub it too much as it may lead to irritation.
6. Aloe vera
Here comes the ‘miracle cure’ aloe vera gel! It gives a wonderful cooling effect and soothes the burn. If you have the aloe vera plant at home, you can extract the gel from the leaf and use it to treat your burn. The store-bought aloe vera gel contains other ingredients as well which might not be suitable for any burn. Good news again it prevents any scars on the skin.
Apply the aloe gel on the burnt place just like you would apply any ointment.
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If you are wondering how milk can help in treating burns then let me tell you that it contains fat and protein which help in promoting the healing and soothing process. It helps in soothing the affected area and will hydrate it at the same time.
If your burn is new, soak the area in cold milk (if you do not have cold milk, normal milk can also help) for 15 to 20 minutes. If you don’t have milk at all, you can also use curd or yogurt.
8. Coconut oil
Coconut oil is another magic natural ingredient that will help in repairing the burnt skin. But never use coconut oil or any oil on a fresh burn. It may increase the pain as it heats quickly at body temperature. It must use for repairing the burnt skin.
Coconut oil is an excellent source of vitamin E which has skin healing properties. You will be amazed to know that coconut oil also contains fatty acids which are anti-fungal and anti-bacterial in nature. This prevents any sort of infection. If you are worried about the scar the burn leaves behind, it helps in that too.
Simply, mix few drops of lemon juice with coconut oil and massage it on the scar.
What not to do when anyone got burn:
- Never apply butter, jellies, sprays, first aid creams or oil to the burns
- Never cover the fresh burn with a bandage or with anything as your skin need to breathe after the burn.
- Avoid sun exposure
- Don’t pop your blisters
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No one wants to get burn, but accidents do happen. Prevention is always better than cure. So, beware when you or any dear ones are near the fire. Do not forget to apply sunscreen when you are near to the gas for a long time.
These home remedies for burns can act as a cure when you or anyone burn. But do visit your doctors if the burn is severe. Feel free to post any query or comment below.
Take care 🙂
Answers of Frequently asked questions:
A. the best remedy to heal burn quickly is cold water. Put your burn area into a running cold water for 15 minutes as soon as possible. After that put an ice in a cloth and rub it on burn area. After that apply any home remedy or lotion.
This reduces the skin from further damage and help in heal quickly.
A. The plain white toothpaste is good for burns. It gives immediate cooling and relief when it applied to minor burns.
A. You may cover the burn with a thin layer of petroleum jelly, such as Vaseline, but after the cold water treatment.
A. Cold water and ice can stop the pain from a burn at home. Toothpaste and aloe vera are also helpful.
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