Burns injury is one of the most common household and workplace accident. Most minor burns especially first degree burns spreads and form blisters because people have no idea of the home remedies they can use immediately.
Last month, I was cooking and some of the content spilled on me. The burning sensation and stinging was much and I quickly reached for uncooked pap and applied it on the affected part. It then dawned on me I was lucky I know some of the home remedies for burns.
The causes of burns include;
- Heat: This is the most common cause of burns, examples include contact with hot liquid and hot surface, steam, fire etc.
- Chemical: This can be as a result of very acidic or alkali chemical.
- Radiation: This is less common and is as a result of rays such as ultraviolet rays leading to sunburns
- Electrical Appliances: As the name implies, it is as a result of faults in electrical appliances or carelessness in handling them
Degrees/Types of Burns.
- First degree/Superficial Burns: This type of burns affect the epidermis, the outermost layer of the skin. It is characterized by redness, swelling and pain
- Second degree/Partial Thickness Burns: This type affects both the epidermis and dermis, the latter being the middle layer of the skin. It is characterized by redness, swelling, severe pain and blister formation.
- Third Degree/Full Thickness Burns: This is the third type of burns and needs emergency medical attention. This type affect the epidermis, dermis and subcutaneous (innermost) layer, this layer contains the blood vessels, subcutaneous fats etc. There is no pain felt in this type because of damage to nerve endings.
- Aloe vera: Aloe vera gel is soothing to the skin and has antiinflammatory properties, apply some aloe vera gel on the affected part for relief.
- Cool water: Running the affected part under cool water can also prevent burns complication. Avoid very cold or ice water because it can alter blood flow and cause irritation.
- Raw pap: Pap is also known as ogi, eko, agidi in Nigeria. Uncooked or raw pap has been used over the years on burns to prevent blister formation and to slow down the progress of burns injury. Just apply the pap on the burns surface. Pap is most time made from corn and can also be made from millet.
- Honey: Honey can promote healing of the burns and also prevent infection. Apply honey to the burns area twice a day.
- Oats: This also has antiinflammatory properties and can soothe the affected area. Mix some oats in water and apply on the burns surface.
- Coconut oil: This is great for most skin conditions, coconut oil has healing properties and this makes it effective in the management of burns.
- Raw potato: Placing or rubbing a slice of potato on the affected area can help relieve pain and reduce swelling.
- Vinegar: This contains acetic acid which is also found in aspirin, this makes it a good antiinflammatory agent. Mix 2 spoons of water with 2 spoons of vinegar and apply on the burns surface.
- Baking soda: Baking soda is found in almost all home remedies recipe. Make a paste of baking soda and water, apply on the affected part, rinse off after 30 minutes.
- Milk: This helps relieve pain and speed up healing of burns. Apply the milk directly on the surface of the burns.
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