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.
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.
- 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.