Burns are among the most common of household injuries. Burns include everything from cooking without caution and splashing yourself with hot oil, to knocking over a candle and singeing the hair on the side of your arm. They are just a part of everyday life. But regardless of the circumstance, you should give your burn immediate medical attention. Since most burns do not require hospitalization, there are many burn treatment home remedies that can be effective. Depending on the severity of your burn, it may be necessary to acquire a burn relief ointment to relieve the pain and reduce eventual scarring.
When it comes to treating burns, it is important to diagnose your burn before selecting the appropriate burn treatment home remedy. But regardless of your specific burn or the burn relief ointment you choose, these four steps will effectively reduce your recovery time.
1. Determine whether or not you need to be hospitalized
A majority of household burns qualify as first degree burns, indicated by a tender area of red skin. If that is all you see, you should be fine. If the area is blistery and looks as though it will require a bandage, hospitalization should be considered. If the area is relatively small and the blister doesn’t seem very deep, it is probably just a minor second-degree burn. But if the wound looks deep or covers a large surface area, do not rely on burn treatment home remedies or burn relief ointments. Get to a hospital!
2. Rinse the burn in lukewarm water
This step is fairly simple and self-explanatory: run some lukewarm water over the wounded area. This will provide temporary relief from the pain and will also clean the wound if there is any risk of infection. It is important to note that lukewarm water will be better for a burn than cold water, which victims tend to crave right when the burn occurs. Cold water can feel nice in the moment, but can worsen symptoms in the long run.
3. Apply Burn Relief Ointment
There are a number of burn relief ointments on the market. Depending on the nature of your burn and your specific medical preferences, any of the following could be good options:
Antiseptic Cream: The purpose of antiseptic cream is to dress the wound to prevent potential infection, rather like rinsing it. This is the most common burn relief ointment and can be bought over the counter as Neosporin (Johnson & Johnson).
Tea Tree Oil: This could be considered the all-natural alternative to Neosporin. The purpose of tea tree oil is also to cleanse the wound to reduce the possibility of infection. Remember when using tea tree oil to dilute it with water.
Aloe Vera: One of the most common skin ointments of any kind. Completely natural and very effective as a skin moisturizer that aids regeneration. As a result, applying aloe can significantly reduce scarring.
Theresienol: This over the counter burn relief ointment is possibly the most effective because it is a natural cleansing therapeutic oil noted for aiding skin regeneration, reducing scarring, and preventing infection.
4. Bandage the wound
Depending on how deep the burn is, this step may not be necessary. But any sensitive skin is better off shielded. And if you applied burn relief ointment, the bandage will ensure the cream remains intact. It is important to redo the bandage on your burn every day to make sure it remains sanitary and secure.
Sources: http://www.webmd.com/first-aid/tc/home-treatment-for-second-degree-burns- topic-overview http://www.pharmacytimes.com/publications/issue/2011/september2011/first-aid- for-minor-burns-and-wounds