Getting a mild burn isn’t fun and can seem scary the moment it happens. But not to worry, for minor burns can be treated successfully at home and usually heal within a week or two. When it comes to treating burns of any kind, the goal is to reduce pain, decrease the risk of infection and help the skin heal faster. There are several natural remedies that can do all this, but you should also consider talking to your doctor, especially for more serious burns.
Cool (Not Cold) Water
This is the first thing you should do when you burn yourself: run the minorly burned area under cool water for approximately 20 minutes. While it’ll be tempting in the moment, don’t use cold water on a burn, as it’s too harsh and will irritate the burn. After the 20 minutes are up, lightly wash the area with mild soap and water before going in with any one of the recommended remedies below.
Whether it’s a cool compress or a damp cloth, place it over the burned area to reduce swelling and relieve pain. Do this in 5 to 15-minute intervals as many times as is necessary. Make sure whatever you use isn’t too cold, as that will irritate your burn rather than help it.
Considered as the ‘burn plant,’ aloe vera has been proven to be effective in healing both first and second degree burns. It’s an anti-inflammatory substance that helps to improve circulation and prevent bacteria from growing within the wound. Only a thin layer needs to be applied to the burn area, whether it comes directly from an aloe vera plant and a store-bought gel that contains a high percentage of aloe vera without any additives. The more natural, the better.
When applied topically, honey can do a lot to help the healing process of minor burns. Not only will it help to reduce inflammation, but honey is also antibacterial and antifungal. This means that it’ll help prevent bacteria from growing and spreading throughout your wound.
Don’t Pick at it
Leave the healing blister alone, as disrupting it constantly can leave it open to infection. While they’re unsightly, blisters are a necessary part of healing when it comes to burns. If you’re worried about your blisters, experience pain or anything abnormal, contact your doctor immediately.
Avoid Sun Exposure
Suffering from a burn will leave your skin extremely sensitive to many elements, including the sun. Limit the amount of sun your open wound is exposed to whenever possible, keeping it covered with clothing. At Ontario HBOT Burn Healing Centre, our qualified and experienced staff treat inflammation at the source. Our centre is free of perfumes, harmful chemical and other volatile organic compounds that could impair our patient’s healing process. We use non-invasive medical treatments that aid in enhancing the body’s natural healing process through the use of 100% pure oxygen. Our team values time and efficiency when it comes to healing and treating our patients, call us today or visit our website for more information.