[toc]Minor burns often engulf us while we work in kitchen or when we handle fire while lighting fire crackers or other things associated with fire. Minor burns are usually first and second degree burns. They affect a small portion of our skin usually about three inches. Minor burns are often accompanied by redness of skin, blotchiness and blisters on skin.
Minor burns do not require medical attention but since they are painful, they can be treated with home remedies. Home remedies help in reducing the pain and also in healing the injury.
Easy Home Remedies For Minor Burns
Honey is an effective ingredient for curing minor burns. It has the property to draw out fluids from the tissues and hence proves effective in cleaning the wound. On the burnt area, either directly apply a layer of honey or put a generous amount of honey on the inner side of a cotton gauze and put the gauze loosely on the wound.
Change the gauze 3-4 times in a day. The inner side of gauze where honey is applied should face the wound. The pain will subside within a few hours.
Tea contains tannic acid. The acid draws heat away from the burnt area. Just soak a tea bag with little warm water. As the tea bag cools, put it on the burnt skin. Alternatively, you can also make a concoction of 2-3 tea bags and mint leaves. Mint has a cooling effect on the skin.
In boiling water, put 2 tea bags and a few twigs of mint leaves. Let the water boil for some time. Now strain the liquid and let it cool. With the help of a cotton wool, this concoction can be applied on the burnt skin many times a day.
If the mouth or tongue gets burnt due to hot food, salt water is an effective solution. Just mix a tea spoon of salt in half a glass of lukewarm water and rinse mouth 2-3 times in a day. Burning sensation will subside immediately.
As minor burns heal, they become itchy. The itchiness can be treated by applying a layer of oatmeal.
Crush a few spoons of oatmeal and put them in lukewarm water. Soak the burn for 10 minutes in the mixture of oatmeal. After that, do not wash the oatmeal. Let a thin layer of oatmeal stay on your skin. It will soothe itchiness.
Though ice cubes are not good for skin burns, but they work wonders when you have a tongue burn after sipping a hot drink. Rub an ice cube on the tongue and you will be relieved of the burning sensation.
Vinegar works both as an antiseptic and as an astringent. It prevents the wound from getting infected.
But since vinegar is quite acidic, you need to dilute it with equal part of water and directly apply on the burnt skin.
Raw potato contains anti irritating property. It soothes skin and prevents blisters from forming over the burnt skin. Immediately after a burn, cut a raw potato and rub the inner side on the skin.
Alternatively, you can also grate a raw potato after peeling off its skin. Squeeze the grated potato. You will get a spoon of juice from it. Apply this juice on the skin.
Aloe vera has cooling as well as tissue healing property. The juice of aloe vera helps in fast healing of burns. Cut open a fresh leaf of aloe vera and apply the gel on the burnt skin. If fresh gel is not available, aloe vera gel available in the market can also be applied.