When you accidentally spill hot liquids on your skin, your first thought might be what to put on the burns to soothe the pain and help prevent damage. These home remedies for burns turn everyday items in your home into treatments that can provide quick relief.
Stay Away From Ice!
Ice can restrict blood flow to the skin, and further damage tissue. Instead, immediately place the burned area under cool running water, which helps the injury from spreading, and keep it there for at least 20 minutes if possible.
Honey is known to be an effective sore throat remedy. Honey is a natural antibiotic, which helps to prevent your burns from becoming infected. It has a natural pH balance that creates a difficult environment for bacteria to thrive.
As such, when you suffer from burns, apply honey topically. Doing so can is inhospitable to bacteria, so once applied topically, it can also kill any existing bacteria or infection lingering on the skin. Furthermore, honey will also cool the burn, relieve pain, and help the skin to heal.
The fat and protein content in milk helps to soothe burns and promotes healing. For maximum success, soak the burn in milk for 15 minutes and this will also encourage quick relief. Full-fat, whole-milk yogurt can also help cool and hydrate your parched skin.
If you accidentally touch something hot without a potholder, or your skin gets splattered by something that’s boiling, keep a tube of white, minty toothpaste in the kitchen as a home remedy to help relieve a minor burn.
First, run the scalded area under cold water, then gently pat it dry with a paper towel and cover with a layer of the toothpaste for fast relief.
For minor burns, reach for vanilla extract. Use a cotton swab to gently dab vanilla onto the burned skin. The evaporation of the alcohol in vanilla extract will help to cool the burns, inadvertently alleviating pain.
tea bags can help to relieve the pains from burns. Black tea contains tannic acid, which draws heat from burns to help make them less painful. To treat your burns with tea bags, place two or three cool, wet black tea bags on the burn, using gauze to hold the bags in place.
White vinegar contains acetic acid, a component of aspirin that can help relieve the pain, itching, and inflammation that comes with burns. Furthermore, acetic acid is also an antiseptic and astringent, so it will help keep your burn from becoming infected.
Vinegar also draws heat from the burn, helping to dull pain naturally. Soak paper towels in diluted vinegar to create a soothing compress or use cotton swabs to gently dab the burn with vinegar.