You can have minor burns in the factory, office, kitchen, in a campfire or while lighting a cigarette. You can also have burns from extreme cold temperature. Whatever be the kind of burn only the top layer of your skin gets affected.
You are likely to have moderate to severe swelling and pain along with reddening of the area. However, to alleviate the discomfort of burn sensation you need not go to the doctor. Home remedies are strong enough to heal a minor burn. Let us look at the top 10 home remedies for minor burns.
Home Remedies For Minor Burns
If you have suffered a thermal burn such as by accidentally being caught in a fire or had a brush with tar or hot plastic then you should immediately place the burnt area under running cold water. If any part of your clothing has got stuck with your body you should never try to remove that.
Running cold water is one of the best and most easily available remedies for healing minor burns. It has the capacity to douse the pain sensation and reduce the irritation to a great extent. So hold the burnt area under running cold water for at least 10 minutes. This will reduce the pain sensation, and you will feel better. But you should take care not to put ice on the burnt area.
Honey is being used since time immemorial for the treatment of burns throughout the world. It has an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and wound healing character. Moreover, honey has the ability to draw out accumulated fluid from tissues.
This brings down the swelling, reduces the itching and pain and helps in healing the wound within a short time. For effective use of honey you can take two teaspoons of honey on a gauze and bandage the wound with it with the surface containing honey facing the wound.
As burns start healing the skin starts tightening and this results in itching. To alleviate the itch you can use oatmeal. Oatmeal has a moisturizing effect on the skin. Moisturization leads to some relaxation in the tightening and that alleviates the irritation.
The best way to take oatmeal is to add some crumbled oatmeal in lukewarm water and soak the burnt area in it for at least 15 minutes. Now dry the area in air so that a coating of oatmeal gets stuck on the area. You can do this twice or thrice a day. You will get relief.
The tea bags at your kitchen cabinet can be of tremendous use in rendering a quick healing touch to the burnt area. Even the used ones will work. Tea contain tannins, chemicals with excellent anti-inflammatory property. As burns induce inflammation you can alleviate the inflammation and therefore the pain and other symptoms with some tea bags. Soak a tea bag in lukewarm water and take it out as soon as the water starts to take a color. Now place it over the burnt area and keep it there for at least half an hour. With repeated application you will find that the wound has started to heal.
You may have burnt your mouth while taking a piping hot cup of tea or coffee. This is a very minor burn and can be treated with a little bit of salt. Salt is antiseptic and analgesic in nature. Mix one-half teaspoon of salt in 8 ounce of warm water and rinse your mouth, especially the burnt area, with this. You will find relief.
Almost all kitchen cabinets contain vinegar, and this is a good remedy for minor burns. Vinegar is caustic and antiseptic in nature which means that it can be harsh on infections. As burns have the tendency to get infected, vinegar can work well in preventing infections. For this dilute vinegar by mixing it with equal parts of water. Now rinse the burnt area with this mixture. You will feel better.
In most cases of minor burn it is not advisable to use ice. However, if you or your over enthusiastic child has burnt the tongue while taking hot chicken soup or hot chocolate he/she does not need to stick out the tongue under running water. Instead give him/her one ice cube so that he/she can suck on it. Ice has the ability to constrict blood vessels and reduce pain sensation. But before giving it to the child hold it under water for some time so that it does not get stuck to the tongue and cause more damage.
This ubiquitous wonder of nature has the ability to moisturize skin, heal wounds, alleviate pain and prevent infection. All these properties are very useful in healing wounds. To have the desired effect apply fresh aloe vera gel on the burnt area and wrap the area with a gauze. The area will slowly dry up without much itching or pain.
For first degree or minor burns milk can be one good remedy. In fact milk has been used for centuries to treat burns. The high concentration of nutrients in milk helps to replenish the nutrient content of skin. Moreover, the zinc present in milk and other dairy products acts as a mechanic for the skin and repairs the wound.
This helps to heal the burn quickly. To apply milk you can soak the burnt area in milk for at least 15 minutes. Alternatively you can soak a clean cloth in milk and apply it on the burnt area.
Coconut oil is rich in vitamin E and some important fatty acids. These elements impart an anti-oxidizing, antifungal and antibacterial property to coconut oil. Moreover, the coil is anti-inflammatory in nature and offers a soothing feeling to the skin. All these characters are in sync with wound healing property.
Mixing some lemon juice with it will help in lightening the burn scar due to the acidic nature of lemon. So take some coconut oil and add some lemon juice to it. Mix it well and apply on the burnt area repeatedly throughout the day. You will feel better. The wound will heal slowly.