9 Home Remedies To Help Soothe & Heal Minor Burns
A burn is considered “minor” if only the top layers of skin are damaged. The area will probably be painful and red and, if not treated quickly, will develop painful blisters. These burns are referred to as first-degree burns and, though relatively superficial, can be extremely painful and can produce scarring. Burns of this nature might be caused by contact with hot objects or fluids, or even sunburn. The natural inclination in response to pain caused by heat is to apply ice to the wound, but ice can actually restrict blood flow to the skin, preventing tissue repair. It is much more effective to run cool water over the burn for several minutes before applying additional first aid measures. If you have received a more serious burn, immediately seek medical help.
Most burns, however, are considered minor and can be easily treated at home. Obviously, if you have Aloe Vera on hand, apply it to the burn immediately. Aloe Vera is probably the most well-known home remedy for burns and no wonder! It reduces pain, inflammation, and swelling while stimulating repair and skin cell growth. You can use the sap directly from the plant by breaking off a piece or use the store-bought aloe specifically marketed to alleviate pain caused by sunburn. But if you don’t have an aloe plant sitting on your windowsill, try some of these other home burn remedies to find relief and promote healing. And remember to help your body heal naturally by supplementing these home remedies with additional self-care strategies such as reducing foods that trigger inflammation and taking necessary supplements such as vitamin C and E to further promote healing.
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