As a food blogger, burns are one of my main hazards at work. I can not say how many times I've burned myself while I was taking something out of the oven or getting my arm to rest on the edge of a hot pan while stirring (how?).
I refer to these natural remedies against burns when awkwardness arises in the kitchen.
a second degree burn
You've probably heard of first, second, and third degree burns, but can you tell the difference between them?
According to WebMD, a first-degree burn is relatively mild. It hurts, and your skin will turn red. In my own experience, first-degree burns heal quickly and do not need a lot of pain management.
Second-degree burns are those that are severe enough to keep the pain going, but you probably do not need to see a doctor unless there are complications. The area of the burn will turn red, swell and could form a blister. When I have had second-degree burns, the area with blisters often becomes a temporary or permanent scar.
A third-degree burn requires medical attention. Your skin will become scorched and black or chalky and white, and you may lose sensitivity in the burned area.
Remember: these remedies for burns are only for minor burns, first degree burns and possibly second degree burns. If it is a severe third-degree burn, consult a doctor.
I learned this remedy against burns in the home high school class, and it's surprisingly effective! As soon as you realize that it burned, turn on the cold water tap and stick the burned area under the tap. The cold water feels so relaxing!
Once the cold water relieves the pain a little, gently wash the burn with soap and water. This is especially important for second-degree burns, because there is a risk of infection from the blisters.
If your burn blisters, wash it regularly to keep those germs away!
That running tap water feels great, but it also wastes a lot of water. I discovered that, after the initial pain subsides, it can help to make a cold compress by soaking a washcloth with cold water from the tap. Apply it gently and rewet it, as necessary. Ahh
Break a leaf from your aloe plant to further ease the pain! Aloe is not only soothing, it is also rich in antioxidants that help the burn to heal faster. It is also an antibacterial, so it can help prevent the infection from starting. However, it is not a replacement for soap and water.
Burned skin is sensitive, especially during the first day or two. If your burn is in an area, such as your forearm, which goes over a lot of things throughout the day, cover it with a band to protect it. You do not want to bandage a burn with force, because that can slow healing. Keep things loose, so you can get air, but you're not wincing when you brush the burned area against things 100 times a day.
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