Our skin plays an important role in the regulation of the fluids and temperature of our body. It also acts as our body’s first line of defense against infection by microorganisms. However, if enough skin is injured, the ability to regulate can be lost and puts us at high risk for infection. Even a first-degree burn can cause pain, redness, a mild amount of swelling, and complications. How can you treat mild burns safely in the comfort of your homes?
- Cool water
The first thing you should do when you get a minor burn is to run cool water over the burned area intermittently for about 20 minutes. You may then wash the burn with mild soap and clean water.
Applying cool compresses in 5–15 minute intervals may also help relieve pain and swelling.
- Antibiotic ointments
Antibiotic ointments and creams can help prevent infections. Medical professionals throughout California suggests applying ointments like Bacitracin or Neosporin to your burn and cover the area with cling film or a sterile, non-fluffy dressing.
- Aloe vera
Several studies show that aloe vera is effective in healing first-to-second-degree burns. That is why it is often touted as the “burn plant.” You may apply a layer of pure aloe vera gel from its leaf directly to the affected area.
Apart from its delicious and sweet taste, honey can help relieve minor burns when applied topically. Honey is naturally anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anti-fungal.
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