Minor burns can be extremely painful if you wait too long to seek assistance. If you’ve been severely burned, you need to seek professional help right away. But if it’s just minor burns, there are a few things you can do to alleviate at least some of the pain.
Although it seems like it would make sense, rubbing ice on a burn doesn’t actually help — at all. Ice can restrict blood flow to the skin and cause even more damage to the tissue. Here are some other home remedies that work as treatments for minor burns:
- Mint Toothpaste — Keep a tube of minty toothpaste in your home as a way to alleviate pain from a minor burn. First, run the burned area underneath cool water and then gently pat it dry and cover with a layer of toothpaste.
- Vanilla Extract — Use a cotton swab to gently dab vanilla onto the burned part of your skin to help fight the pain. The evaporation of the alcohol in the vanilla extract will provide a cooling sensation to the burn.
- Honey — Honey is a natural antibiotic, which helps prevent the burn from being infected. Once you apply the honey to the burn, it will cool your skin and kill off any existing bacteria lingering on the skin.
It’s important to know, however, that if you’ve been burned at all — no matter how severe — you should visit urgent care centers and speak to a medical professional. Your doctor will likely decide when to administer appropriate treatment. Also, you should stay in contact with your doctor after being released from medical care.
Additionally, it’s important to know how to prevent any kind of heat stress. Your best bet is to stay hydrated at all times. The human body consists of 60% to 78% water, and that water is essential when it comes to regulating body temperature.
If you or anyone you know has recently experienced any severe burns, seek professional help right away.