8 Home Remedies For Burns

1. Cool Water

The first thing you should do when you get a minor burn is

  • Run cool (not cold) water over the burn area for about 20 minutes.
  • Then wash the burned area with mild soap and water.
2. Cool Compresses

A cool compress or clean wet cloth placed over the burn area helps relieve pain and swelling.

  • You can apply the compress in 5- to 15-minute intervals.
  • Try not to use excessively cold compresses because they may irritate the burn more.
3. Honey

Honey just got sweeter. Apart from its delicious taste, honey may help heal a minor burn when applied topically. Honey is an anti-inflammatory and naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.

4. Aloe Vera
  • Apply a layer of pure aloe vera gel taken from the leaf of an aloe vera plant directly to the affected area.
5. Stay Out Of The Sun

Keeping a burn in the shade when outside in hot or sunny weather can help reduce both pain and the risk of increasing or deepening the burn.

6. Mint Toothpaste

Keep a tube of white, minty toothpaste in the kitchen as a home remedy to relieve a minor burn.

  • First, run the scalded area under cold water.
  • Then gently pat it dry with a paper towel and cover with a layer of the toothpaste.
  • If avoiding the sun is not possible, a person should wear loose-fitting clothing that covers the wound.
7. Vanilla
  • Use a cotton swab to gently dab vanilla onto the burned skin.

The evaporation of the alcohol in vanilla extract will cool the burn, alleviating pain.

8. Antibiotic Creams

When a burn has open blisters, a person may want to use antibiotic creams and ointments.

Antibiotic creams might help prevent infection in the wound and help the burn heal faster.

  • After applying an antibiotic cream, cover up any exposed blisters to protect the wound from infection.

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