March 18, 2014 12:00 AM | by Zeina Tawfik
How to Treat a Minor Burn at Home
A kitchen is a place where women are prone to burns. You've got the stove, the toaster, the grill, etc., if you know what I mean. Some women are likely to get their fingers or arms injured accidentally while cooking, and there are simple first aid tips that you can follow to treat a minor burn at home. However, make sure that it's a first degree burn, where only the outer layer of your skin is affected, with minor redness, swelling and blisters. Other than that, you should head to see/consult a doctor. Here are the steps to treat a minor burn at home:
- Start by running cool water over the burnt area for 10-15 minutes. Make sure the water is not too cold and avoid putting any ice cubes on the burn because this can damage your skin tissues.
- Gently pat dry the burnt area with a dry cloth.
- Apply aloe vera gel to help soothe the burnt area.
- Cover the burn with a sterile bandage or a clean cloth and leave it for a day. Wrap the bandage or cloth gently without applying any pressure on the burn. Do not use cotton dressing because its fluffy material may cause friction. Also avoid adhesive band-aids.
- Over the next couple of days, you can use aloe vera gel, honey, or banana peel to help heal the burnt area.
- Watch your skin closely for any signs of infections. If you notice any increase in the redness, swelling or blisters, you should seek medical help.
N.B. Avoid applying butter on your burnt skin. It is one of the most common home remedies, however, it is actually very harmful, because this can cause infections, as it forms a layer of fat over your injured skin tissues.