` Science-backed home remedies for burns and blisters

Science-backed home remedies for burns and blisters

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Can burns and blisters be treated at home?

First degree burns that involve minor damage to the first two layers of the skin (epidermis and dermis) can be managed at home. Burns can be itchy, painful, and sometimes turn into blisters. However, some home remedies can reduce the burn symptoms, while promoting faster healing.

#1 - Cool water immersion

Immersing the burnt area in cold water or applying a cold, wet cloth over the burn can relieve pain and swelling. Use cold compresses for 5 to 15 minutes. Do not place the burnt area under running water or use extremely cold water for compression as it can irritate the skin and result in blisters.

#2 - Honey

The anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of honey are believed to heal minor burns effectively. The application of honey over the burn is known to reduce pain and prevent infection. One can directly apply honey to the burnt skin surface and cover it with gauze.

#3 - Aloe vera

Research shows that aloe vera has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, which can help in treating first and second-degree burns effectively. It promotes blood circulation around the burn, prevents the growth of bacteria, reduces pain, and prevents the formation of blisters or scars.

# 4 - Potato

Potatoes have antibacterial properties which can prevent the burn from getting infected. The starch present in potatoes reduces skin irritation while its juice keeps the wound moist and speeds up the process of healing. Raw or mashed potato should be placed on the wound immediately after the burn and keep it for at least an hour.

# 5 - Coconut oil

Coconut oil is one of the most commonly used remedies for treating burns and blisters. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties that promote healing and prevents the burn from getting further infected. Coconut oil also helps to fade the appearance of the burnt scar.

#6 - Turmeric

Curcumin, a major bioactive component of turmeric, has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties that helps relieve severe burn pain and improve wound healing. The application of curcumin gel on the affected skin is known to help in restricting the activity of phosphorylase kinase, which otherwise causes inflammation.

#7 - Calendula

Calendula is a flower, popularly known as pot marigold, that possesses anti-inflammatory properties. Studies reveal that the application of calendula extracts on the burnt area can improve the healing of the skin. Calendula oil can be mixed with coconut oil to make it more effective.

#8 - Vitamin E

Research shows that vitamin E accelerates the process of wound healing while reducing the appearance of scars. Vitamin E-based oils or creams can be used regularly to improve the outcome of scars. Vitamin E capsule can be opened and the contents applied directly to the blister.

When to contact a doctor for burns

One must consult a doctor if the burnt area is more than 3 inches in diameter, involves a third-degree burn, becomes painful, is smelly or covers the face, hands, buttocks, and groin area. Medical assistance should also be sought if one develops a fever or the wound does not heal even after two weeks.

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