What actually are minor burns? Minor burns are often referred to as first-degree burns or superficial burns. Due to first-degree burns, only the top layers of skin get affected, making the affected area red and painful. The cause can be any, you can get your skin burned because of hitting with some hot utensil while making a mouth-watering dish or you can experience the minor burns by contact with hot fluids or objects, steam, or sun exposure.
If not take care at an early stage, minor burns can turn into painful blisters and treatment can get complicated and painful. But usually, minor burns tend to heal within a few days or up to three weeks. But how to heal such minor burns effectively at home?
You may have encountered such minor burns when you were a child and do you remember your mother used to apply mint toothpaste on your affected area to treat the burn? So, to treat the minor burns, you don’t have to go far away from your pantry because you will get quick relief out there.
Why is mint toothpaste necessary for your kitchen wardrobe especially for those who love to cook? But it is important to know the procedure of toothpaste application on your affected area.
Before the toothpaste application on your burn, put your affected area under the running cool water to reduce the burns. This will be your first aid. The first thing you will feel after the burn is the burning sensation and cool water will make sure to get rid of it.
After this, apply the white, minty toothpaste on your affected area to get a relief from a minor burn. Apart from treating your minor burns, mint toothpaste plays many other roles to treat many other following problems:
- Help heal a bruise
- Cure a headache
- Relieve a bee sting
- Tame a toothache
- Cover a blister
- Aloe Vera
Do you know what is Aloe Vera’s other name? It is called as “BURN PLANT” but why? Studies have proved that Aloe Vera is a perfect remedy not only for first degree burns but it can also effectively treat second-degree burns. Aloe Vera is gifted with its anti-inflammatory properties and promotes circulation and restricts the growth of bacteria.
How to use Aloe Vera?
- Apply a layer of pure aloe vera gel extracted from the leaf of an aloe vera plant directly to the affected area.
- In case if you buy aloe vera in a store, make sure that it contains a high percentage of aloe vera and avoid products that have additives, especially coloring and perfumes.
- Coconut Oil and Lemon Juice
You will be surprised to know that coconut oil and lemon oil if used together can be really effective to treat your minor burn, especially when it has cooled and dried. In coconut oil, resides Vitamin E and fatty acids like lauric acid, myristic acid, and caprylic acid. All these fatty acids offer anti-fungal, antioxidant and anti-bacterial benefits.
On the other hand, Lemon juice is rich in acidic properties that naturally lighten the scar of your burn.
How to use Coconut Oil and Lemon Juice?
Take coconut oil and add a little lemon juice to it. Mix it properly and then apply it on the affected area to get the desired results.
Apart from the above-mentioned home remedies, you can also use a numbing cream like Dr. Numb to effectively treat your minor burn. Following is the info-graphic that depicts how to use numbing cream to get away with minor burns