While most minor burns will heal on their own, there are home treatment remedies that can relieve your symptoms and promote healing, such as:
- Honey – Honey has long been a remedy to disinfect wounds and heal burns. When applied to a burn, honey draws out fluids from the tissues, effectively cleaning the wound. You may also apply the honey to a gauze bandage, which is less sticky than direct application. On a piece of sterile gauze, place a dollop of honey and put the bandage directly on the burn, honey-side down. The dressing should be changed three to four times per day.
- Additional home remedies for burns that can be found in your kitchen are:
- Oatmeal – Oatmeal baths can help relieve the itch while the burn is healing
- Tea bags – Tea bags contain tannic acid and help draw the heat from a burn. Gently dab the liquid, from a luke-warm water moistened tea bag, on the burn site.
- Vinegar – Vinegar works as an astringent and antiseptic on minor burns and helps prevent infection. Dilute the vinegar with equal parts water, and rinse the burned area with the solution.
- Cool water. – While ice is nice for sore muscles, cool water is the best liquid refreshment for burned skin. Ice can restrict blood flow to the burn site and further damage delicate tissues. Instead, gently run cool water or place cool compresses over the burn site for ten minutes. Do this as quickly as possible, preferably within seconds of getting a burn. Cool water not only feels good but will help stop the burn from spreading, and the sooner you run cool water on the burn, the greater the effect will be to reduce it.
Do’s and Don’ts to avoid burns:
- DO lower the temperature of your hot-water heater to below 120 degrees F. A second-degree burn can happen within seconds in water that’s hotter than 120 degrees.
- DO turn pot handles toward the back of the stove.
- DO keep that steaming cup of java out of a child’s reach, which means off the coffee table or other low-lying areas.
- DON’T ever leave a child unattended in the kitchen.
- DO make the stove area off-limits to children.
- DO put a childproof lock on the oven door.
- DO keep oven mitts and potholders handy when cooking.
You can try these remedies for minor burns, but if you suspect you may have a more severe injury, please seek medical treatment immediately.
For more information on wound care or to schedule an appointment , please call the Flushing Hospital Wound Care Center at 718-670-4542.
All content of this newsletter is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult a medical professional before adopting any of the suggestions on this page. You must never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment based upon any content of this newsletter. PROMPTLY CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN OR CALL 911 IF YOU BELIEVE YOU HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY.