Every year there are thousands of people suffering from burns. They are really painful and can sometimes pose serious danger to life. Before we talk about the home remedies, you should know that burns are of three types- first, second and third degree burns. Minor burns are usually the ones that affect the first layer of skin, like sunburn.
Second and third degree burns are more serious burns where the skin tissue is severely burnt. Blisters and charring of skin as well as muscle is termed as second and third degree burns. While first degree minor burns can be taken care of at home with a few easy treatments, second or third degrees often need medical help. Here are some effective home remedies to get instant relief from minor burns.
Effective Home Remedies For Minor Burns
Put the affected area under cool running water. Never use ice. Contrary to popular belief, putting ice only makes the burn worse, as the skin feels a sudden temperature change. Also, the ice might get stuck to the skin, making it more painful. A good 15-20 minutes under gentle running water would be better before applying anything else.
Honey is used to treat many skin problems and it is very effective for treating minor burns too. Just dab a few drops of honey on the burned area and cover it with bandage. Change the bandage every 4-5 hours and reapply honey to it.
Take a clean soft cloth (preferably muslin or cotton) and soak it in some milk. Squeeze the excess milk and apply the cloth on the burns. You can also soak the burned area directly in a bowl of milk. The milk will give you relief from the pain and soothe the burns.
Apply the sticky pulp of fresh aloe vera on the burns. Aloe is a natural cooling agent. It will soothe the burns and give you much relief.
Yogurt also has cooling properties. Apply some yogurt directly on the burns and leave for 20 minutes. Wash off with cool water.
Vinegar works as an astringent. Make a mix of half a cup of vinegar with 3 cups of water. Pour this onto the wound and let dry. Do not wash it off. Do this 3-4 times a day.
Baking soda is truly a miracle product. It has so many uses, other than making your cakes rise. Make a paste of 1 tablespoon baking soda and a few drops of water. Apply this on the burn and cover with a cloth or band aid. Reapply after a few hours.
You can use this remedy for instant relief. Apply some toothpaste on the burns. Keep for a few minutes. Don’t rinse off. The toothpaste will give you relief from the burning sensation.
This is quite an effective remedy to treat burns. Take a potato and grate it or put it in a food processor. Squeeze out all the juice and apply this on the burns. Do not wash off. Keep the leftover juice in the refrigerator. Apply the cool potato juice at least 5-6 times a day.
The acid in tea helps to draw out the heat from burns. Take a bowl of cool water and put 2 or 3 tea bags in it. Now apply this cool, tea infused water on the wound using a cotton ball. Reapply every hour and do not rinse.
Turmeric has been used since ages to treat burns. If fresh turmeric is available, grind it with some honey and apply it on the burn. Cover with a cloth. Change this cloth twice every day. These home remedies for treating minor burns are effective and gives you instant relief.
These remedies will only work if it is a surface burn and has not caused any blisters or severe damage to the skin tissue. By keeping the wound clean, you can get relief from minor burns easily. Finally, remember that burns are serious business and it is always best to ask for medical help.