Most first-degree burns and second-degree burns can be treated at home.
Burns are one of the most common household injuries. Burning your hand on a hot pan, or spilling hot coffee on your lap, are common household chore mistakes. Minor burns often can be safely treated at home, but more serious burns require immediate emergency medical care. Also Read – Never try these home remedies for burns First-degree burns are considered mild because they only affect the outer layer of skin, the epidermis. Such burns may only cause mild pain, redness, and swelling. Second-degree burns are more severe than first-degree burns. Such burns can affect deeper layers of the skin and cause blisters and white, wet, and shiny skin. Also Read – Diwali safety tips: Home remedies to treat minor burns
Third-degree burns may cause damage to all layers of the skin. The damage caused by fourth-degree burns may even reach the joints and bones. Such serious burns should only be treated in a hospital. Also Read – Home remedies that could do more harm than good Most first-degree burns and second-degree burns can be treated at home. Here are some effective home remedies to reduce pain, prevent infections, and heal the injury faster.
If you get a minor burn, first run cool (not cold) water over the affected area for about 20 minutes. After that wash the burned area with mild soap and water.
Take a slice of ginger and press it against your burn. Or apply fresh ginger juice on the affected area. It can relieve you from the pain of burnt skin. Regular application can heal burnt skin as well as reduce the scars within a few weeks.
Aloe has anti-inflammatory properties; it can promote circulation and prevent the growth of bacteria. This magic plant can be used to treat both first and second-degree burns. Apply fresh aloe vera gel directly to the affected area.
The acetic acid in the vinegar can help reduce heat from the burn. The astringent also helps prevent infections. But do not use vinegar directly on the burns. Dilute it with a little water and apply it using a cotton ball.
The tannic acid in tea bags helps reduce heat from the burned skin. Using cool tea bags can soothe the irritation and redness.