How to treat a first-degree, minor burn
The best home remedies for burns
May 1, 2017
Petroleum jelly, applied two to three times daily, may help the burned area to retain moisture and heal more quickly. For minor superficial skin burns (first-degree burns), home remedies include cleaning, washing, cooling, treating pain, refraining from scratching, and preventing tetanus.
A: No, you should not use ice, or even ice-cold water, on a burn. Extreme cold applied to a burn can further damage the tissue. To properly cool and clean a burn, remove any clothing that covers it. If clothing adheres to the burn, don't peel it away.
First-degree burns should be treated with first aid. Toothpaste is not an effective home remedy for these. Sodium fluoride in toothpaste works to coat and prevent tooth decay. But when you apply it to your skin, it can seal in heat as well as bad bacteria.
A cup or two of baking soda poured into a bathtub full of warm water will relieve burned skin and is a fantastic soak for those unfortunate enough to be burned over large areas of their body. You can also create a paste with baking soda and water and apply it as a compress.
Putting tomato slices on the burn after running it under cool water can be really helpful as well. The naturally-occurring lycopene in tomatoes soothes the pain of burns, reduces inflammation, prevents blistering and promotes healing.
Just because someone says to use mustard (or ketchup for that matter!) on a burn, doesn't mean you should. There's no scientific evidence supporting mustard as a remedy for minor burns. In fact, mustard may actually cause your skin to burn, or worsen existing burns.
Plain Yogurt: It contains healthy enzymes and probiotics that work wonders on the skin. Just take plain, unflavored yogurt and apply it on the sunburned skin. Let it site for around fifteen minutes and the wash it off with lukewarm water. Aloe Vera: It is known to be an effective treatment for second-degree burns.
You should never try to pop a burn blister. Burn blisters are the body's way of protecting the underlying skin while it heals, so popping it can cause infection and slow down the healing process. If the blister pops on its own, don't peel off the skin, and keep the area clean and covered.
When you are burned, you experience pain because the heat has destroyed skin cells. Minor burns heal much the same way cuts do. Often a blister forms, which covers the injured area. Under it, white blood cells arrive to attack the bacteria and a new layer of skin grows in from the edges of the burn.
Wrap it loosely to avoid putting pressure on burned skin. Bandaging keeps air off the area, reduces pain and protects blistered skin.
What are the symptoms of a second-degree burn?
pain. soreness in the burned area, which usually lasts for 2–3 days.
You may put a thin layer of ointment, such as petroleum jelly or aloe vera, on the burn. The ointment does not need to have antibiotics in it. Some antibiotic ointments can cause an allergic reaction. Do not use cream, lotion, oil, cortisone, butter, or egg white.
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Burns are classified as first-, second-, or third-degree, depending on how deep and severely they penetrate the skin's surface.