Minor Burns

What Is a Minor Burn?

In a minor burn, commonly known as 1st degree burns, the superficial or the uppermost layer of the skin is affected. It is characterized by redness, tenderness, pain and swelling. It can be caused due to heat, radiation, electrical mishap or some chemicals. Depending upon the severity of the burn, at times, the internal organs can also be effected

What Should You Do Incase The Minor Burn Gets Worse?

  • When you get a burn, immediately dip or splash the affected area with cold water.
  • Keep the affected area under running water for 10 minutes or use compresses. This will help to reduce the pain and swelling.
  • Do not use ice on the affected area.
  • Avoid direct contact with the affected area. Instead cover it with a cloth to keep away the infections
  • If the burn covers your hands, feet, face, groin, buttocks, a major joint or large area of the body, make sure you see a doctor immediately.
  • In case the burnt area gets infected, it may form a blister. Make sure you see a doctor before the infection gets worse.

What Are The Available Treatment Options?

  • The treatment for burns depends on the type and extent of the burn.
  • Most minor burns can be treated at home with over-the-counter products.
  • For instant relief, you can apply fresh aloe vera pulp or an aloe vera cream on the affected area.
  • Use topical antibiotics. It will help to keep the area moist, prevent infection and reduce pain.

Are There Any Natural Remedies For Minor Burns?

You can try these effective natural remedies to ease your symptoms and to speed up your recovery:

1. Cold Therapy

Ingredients: Ice Pack

Ways to Use:

Cold water serves as a first aid for burns. It is recommended that one should not use ice pack on the burnt area as it restricts the blood flow and can damage the delicate tissue.

2. Raw Potato

Ingredients: Raw Potato

Ways to Use:

Slice a raw potato and rub it on the burn. Make sure the juice of the potato is released on the affected area.

3. Aloe Vera

Ingredients: Fresh Aloe Vera

Ways to Use:

Cut a small piece of aloe vera and apply the fresh gel directly on the burnt surface.

4. Tea Bags

Ingredients: Tea Bags, Water

Ways to Use:

Steep the tea bags in warm water and allow it to cool. Soak a thin clean cloth in the water and place this cloth on the affected area to relieve pain.

So, at the very first place be safe and keep yourself away from such accidental burns. However, incase you happen to be effected by one, give these natural remedies a try. They surely shall help.

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