Home Remedies For Burns: It’s really not something cushy to endure the pain, which burns give. When people come across the word “burn”, what comes into their mind is, the household injury — the effect when you come in contact with something extremely hot; but, that’s not just what it entails, it entails even more.
In this article, I’ll briefly tell you about burns, then give you outlined home remedies for burns, I mean remedies you can sit at the comfort of your home and prepare. And, the good thing is, most of these remedies are of natural ingredients, they contain ingredients at their natural state. Isn’t that good news? Yes, it sure is.
Furthermore, before I proceed into the crux of this article — home remedies for burns — join me as I take a few moments to actually define, and give a good understanding of burns.
Ready? Let’s go.
I’ll start with the definition.
What Are Burns?
Burns are classified as one of the most recorded household injuries — injuries got in the house. And, this happens, mostly, among children. Whenever you hear the term “burn”, your mind shouldn’t only be placed on the fact that it’s a burning sensation, which is fully associated with this injury. There is quite a lot of skin damage, which leads to the death of the affected skin cells — these damages can also be called burns. For most persons, they don’t need to go through health
consequences that appear serious, and are also serious, they easily recover from it.
You should also know that, there are serious burns, I mean very serious burns that need medical care with immediate effect, without wasting any time, in order to keep complications and death at arm’s length.
Having known this, join me as I further delve into the levels — types — of burns, before we know the home remedies for burns, I think it’s imperative that you have a basic idea of what a burn is all about.
Levels Of Burn
1. As long as the levels of the burn are concerned, there are three primary types of burns, and they include:
• The First-Degree burn
• The Second-Degree burn
• The Third-Degree burn
How do you identify these levels? Each of these levels is based on the seriousness of the burn on the skin; in other words, the severity of the damage, which the burn has one the skin. We have the First-Degree burn as the most minor, and the last one, the third-degree being the most severe.
Here’s the damage:
• First-Degree burn: a skin, which is nonblistered and red as well.
• Second-Degree: you tend to experience the presence of blisters and a few thickening of the skin.
• Third-Degree burn: a thickness, which is widespread; and this thickness has an appearance that’s leathery and white.
And to add to this, there exists fourth-degree burn, this type of burn has the whole symptoms of A third-degree burn, which means that it acts like the third-degree burn. But, the difference is, fourth-degree burn goes deep — beyond the skin — into bones as well as tendons.
Burns consists of several causes, let’s take a look at them.
a. exposure to excessive sun
b. fires, not excluding flames, which come from lighters, matches, and candles
c. chemical burns
d. electrical burns
e. scalding from hot boiling liquids
Know this, the cause of a burn doesn’t determine the type of burn; what determines it is, how long that liquid or fire remains in contact with the skin. Looking at scalding, this very one can lead to the cause of the whole three degrees; want to know what it depends on? well, it depends on the level of hotness of the liquid and also, how long it touches the skin. If you encounter electrical or chemical burns, it’s advisable that you, without hesitation, visit your doctor — because these burns have the ability to affect inside your body, even if the damage on the skin is in a minor state.
Let’s briefly look at the three types of burns.
1. First-Degree burn
When you get the First-Degree burns, you are likely to have minimal skin damage. You can also call this type of burns “Superficial burns”, they are called this because they tend to affect just the skin’s outermost layer. Here are the signs of this kind of burn:
• a dry and peeling skin, this occurs as a result of the healing process to wipe out the burns
• swelling or minor inflammation
As said earlier, the First-Degree burn affects the skin’s top layer. Immediately the skin sheds, the signs, and symptoms go out. This type of burn heals in the space of 7-10 days, without leaving any scar.
2. Second-Degree burn
In this type of burn, the damage done doesn’t just happen at the skin’s surface, it goes beyond the surface, the top layer. And, that’s why it’s more serious than that of the First-Degree. The Second-Degree burn makes the skin to blister and ends up being sore and red.
A few of these blisters pop open, making the burn to have an appearance that’s wet. There’s a tissue known as fibrinous exudate — as time goes on, this particular tissue will, probably, begin to take its place around, over the wound.
The nature of this wound appears so delicate, so it’s essential that you ensure that you keep the area, which you have the burn, clean. And also, bandage it in a proper manner — doing these helps you to stay away from infection. This also does well in helping the burn heal fastly.
3. Third-Degree burn
Yes, I have already talked a little about the fourth-degree burn, but let’s keep it aside; Third-Degree burn happens to be the most severe and serious. What a Third-Degree burn does is, it penetrates through the various layer of the skin — I won’t be wrong if I say, it penetrates through every layer of the skin.
People have this mentality that Third-Degree burn pains the most, but I tell you, it’s a misconception. This type of burn affects the deepest part of the skin that it causes very observable damage, and because of nerve damage that’s why you won’t feel much pain while experiencing the third-degree burn.
The symptoms are dependent on the cause. Third-Degree burn can depict these:
• dark brown color
• waxy and white color
• raised and leathery texture
• blisters that don’t develop
If you don’t use surgery, these wounds will still heal, but they would heal with severe contracture and scarring. Don’t try to do the treatment of Third-Degree burn yourself, make sure you call 911 immediately, or you call the nearest doctor. While you are waiting for the arrival of the doctor, make sure you raise the injury above your heart.
You don’t have to get undressed, just be sure that the burn isn’t stuck to any clothing.
And, yes! We’ve reached where I have to show you the homemade remedies for burn, homemade remedies to counteract the effects of burn. Still there?
HOMEMADE REMEDIES FOR BURN
When it comes to treating burns, the goals is to reduce pain, prevent infection and make the skin, heal faster.
1. Cool Water
Now, this is the very first thing you should use when you get burnt — a minor burn. Apply it over the burn area, and allow it to stay for a out 20 minutes. Then, perform a wash on the burned area using water and a mild soap.
2. Cool Compresses
Try making use of a cool compress, or you can also make use of a clean wet cloth. How do you use it? Place it over the area, which has the burn; this action helps in relieving you of the swelling and pain as well. For applying the compress, you can apply it for about 5-15minutes intervals.
Don’t make use of too much cold compresses, why? because they are likely to irritate the skin.
3. Antibiotic Ointment
Do you want to prevent infections? Well, that’s the desire of most people. Go for antibiotic ointment and creams. Right on your burn, apply an antibacterial ointment such as Bacitracin or Neosporin, after applying, cover with a sterile or you can also cover using a cling film, cloth or dressing that’s non-fluffy.
4. Aloe Vera
Often times, aloe Vera is flaunted as a “burn plant.” According to the evidence, studies have shown, aloe Vera is highly active and effecting in healing First-Degree burn and Second-Degree burn. Saying a little about Aloe Vera, Aloe Vera is anti-inflammatory, it improves circulation, it restrains the growth of bacteria.
What do you do with the Aloe Vera?
Apply the gel found in a layer of pure aloe Vera gotten from an aloe vera plant’s leaf on the area that’s affected. Do you want to go for aloe Vera in store? Look out for the one with a large amount of aloe Vera. Also, avoid those products which contain additives — such as perfumes and colouring.
As we all know, honey is very sweet when tasted, but guess what! It’s also sweet in counteracting the pains from a burn. Let’s keep the delicious taste aside, when you apply honey topically, it has the ability to help you heal a minor burn. And yes, honey is also an anti-inflammatory, and anti-fungal and antibacterial — naturally.
6. Reducing Sun Exposure
Do whatever you can do to make sure that the burn doesn’t get exposed directly to the sunlight. The burned skin tends to be very sensitive when exposed to the sun. Make sure you completely cover it using a cloth.
7. Don’t Pop Your Blisters
I know that it can be very tempting to pop pimples, but it’s advisable that you don’t touch them, don’t pop them. Doing the bursting yourself can expose you to infection. Are you very worried about blisters that were created because of your burn? Don’t waste time, go see a medical professional.
8. Take an Over-the-counter Pain Relieve
If you find any pain, you can go for an OTC pain reliever — OTC pain relievers such as naproxen (Aleve) or ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil). Always look at the label to look for its correct dosage.
Let’s look at a few remedies, which you should stay away from. YES, you need to be aware of this, too. They are the common ones, but you have to stop using them. Note: it’s not everything your grandparents tell you that’s good for you.
Remedies To Stay Away From
Whenever you have a burn, butter shouldn’t be one of the things you should opt-in for to use on that burn. So far, the amount of evidence to dispute this fact is very minute. The effectiveness of using butter isn’t really a trusted one. And, applying butter to your burn is likely to make your burn worse.
You should know this, butter traps heat in itself, and also, it may have harmful bacteria that can only end up aggravating the burn instead of healing it. Just purchase a bread, and eat your butter with it, than applying it to that burn.
It’s popular the thinking that the oil extracted from coconut can actually heal anything. But, contrary to that thinking, coconut oil doesn’t have the ability to heal everything. Just like butter that holds heat, oil such as cooking oils, coconut oils and olive oil, also hold heat. And, instead of oil to heal the burn, it can make the skin burn even more.
Reportedly, lavender oil can heal burns, but the evidence available to go with this claim, is really little. At a time, studies were carried out on the rat to check if this oil — lavender oil — really heal burn, and it hasn’t, till this moment, shown any benefit.
3. Egg Whites
Another thing which the elderly ones tell you, they make you think that egg whites can actually heal a burn. You should know that uncooked egg white has in them a risk of bacteria infection, that’s why you shouldn’t attempt to place it on a burn. NO, don’t.
Don’t attempt to apply toothpaste to a burn. Is it another folk tale? YES, it is. There’s really not claim or evidence to back it up. Toothpaste has the ability to irritate the burn, and expose it to infection. Also, know this, toothpaste isn’t sterile.
Ice and water that’s very cold is capable of irritating your burn area even more. Ice may even cause a cold burn if used inappropriately and improperly.