Treat Burns Naturally

Burns occur when heat is applied to the skin sometimes by a hot pan, but also from radiation, electricity, chemicals and even friction. Most burns are not serious and are called first degree burns. These heal quickly on their own. Second degree burns can also be treated at home. There are two types of second degree burns, superficial and deep partial-thickness burns. They are differentiated by their depth. The number one concern with a burn is infection. If you have a burn of any degree, keep an eye on it and seek medical attention if you suspect an infection may be developing.

 

What Type of Burn do I have?

There are four types of burns:

  • First degree: Burns the first layer of skin.
  • Second degree: Burns the first and second layers or slightly deeper.
  • Third degree: Injures all layers and the tissue beneath the skin.
  • Fourth degree: Burns through skin to muscle and even bones. Always requires medical attention.

 

How Serious is my burn?

The seriousness of a burn is determined both by the degree of the burn (first, second, or third as fourth degree always require medical attention), as well as:

  • Size
  • Cause
  • Part of the body burned
  • Age of the victim
  • Health of the victim
  • Other injuries

 

How can I treat a burn?

  • Honey can be used to disinfect and heal burns. Put some on a piece of sterile gauze and tape onto the burn. Change 3-4 times a day.
  • Take an oatmeal bath to help alleviate that itching that comes with healing. Be sure you air dry so the oatmeal sticks to your skin and continues moisturizing.
  • If you have burned your mouth, make a salt water rinse of 1/2 teaspoon salt in a cup of warm water.
  • Dab some tea on the burn. Tannin, found in tea, helps to draw heat from a burn.
  • Vinegar will help to clean and eliminate pain.
  • Soak a minor burn in milk for 15 minutes.
  • Soothe a burn with aloe vera gel.
  • Try smoothing egg white over the burn to help alleviate the sting and pain.
  • Apply lavender oil to a piece of gauze and apply it to the wound. Replace every few hours.
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