Accidents can happen. If you suddenly need burns care at home, this article helps to know what you should and shouldn’t do to prevent skin scarring.
To find out more about what steps you should follow for a burn treatment, continue reading!
What can you do if you burn?
The goal of burn treatment is to reduce pain, prevent infections, and to heal the skin faster.
According to Health line, in case of a mild burn what you should do is:
- 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.
- 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.
- Antibiotic ointments:
Antibiotic ointments and creams help prevent infections. Apply an antibacterial ointment like Bacitracin or Neosporin to your burn and cover with cling film or a sterile, non-fluffy dressing or cloth. You can shop Bacitracin and Neosporin online.
- Aloe vera:
Aloe vera is often touted as the “burns plant.” Studies show evidence that aloe vera is effective in healing first- to second-degree burns. Aloe is anti-inflammatory, promotes circulation, and inhibits the growth of bacteria. Apply a layer of pure aloe vera gel taken from the leaf of an aloe vera plant directly to the affected area. If you buy aloe vera in a store, make sure it contains a high percentage of aloe vera.
- Take an OTC pain reliever:
If you have pain, take an over-the-counter (OTC) pain reliever such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) or naproxen (Aleve). Be sure to read the label for the correct dosage.
- Skin Pigmentation And Dark Spots: Home Remedies To Manage Them Naturally
- 7 Best Home Remedies To Remove Tan
About the Author: Dr. Donika Vata is a medical doctor from Ferizaj, Kosovo. She studied general medicine from University of Hasan Prishtina.
Dr. Vata has been writing about medical and skincare related issue in journals, social media websites, and books. She was working for some well reputed clinics such as Telehealth Pro- Online consultations, German Cancer Center, and AppLMD. Dr. Donika was also volunteering in the Covid-19 pandemic.
Currently, she is working as a medical doctor and researcher in a dermatology clinic.