Last Modified on Feb 17, 2015
Over the years, we've received reports of many natural remedies for burns from our readers. As careful as we are, it is still relatively easy to get burned. Since so many everyday substances can cause a burn, it's important to be aware of potential risks. If you find yourself with a minor burn caused by one of those everyday substances, we have a variety of natural cures that should have you feeling better in no time. A few of our favorite home cures are aluminum foil, egg whites, and aloe vera.
What Causes a Burn?
A burn is an injury that actually destroys the different layers of the skin. Depending on the severity of the burn, it can damage the different skin structures as well, including sweat glands, oil glands, and hair follicles. Typically a burn is caused by a heat source, but skin damage can also be caused by extremely cold substances too. Some of the most common causes of burns are fire, hot liquid or steam, hot metal or other objects, electrical currents, radiation, sunlight, ultraviolet light from a sunlamp, and chemicals.
How Do I Treat a Burn?
Immediate treatment is key for preventing a more severe burn. To begin treatment, first cool the burn and then apply a selected treatment for burn and pain maintenance. You can cool the burn by running cold water over it or applying an ice pack.
What Natural Burn Remedies Should I Use?
While more severe burns need medical treatment, most common burns respond well to natural treatment methods. We’ve discovered an assortment of common treatments including vinegar, toothpaste, honey, and a variety of others. However, our favorite treatments are aluminum foil, egg whites, and aloe.
1. Aluminum Foil
As unusual as it sounds, aluminum foil is one of the best remedies for a minor burn. After cooling the burn, wrap it in aluminum foil and leave it wrapped for several hours. This treatment functions in a number of ways including keeping the burn cool, protecting it from additional damage, and delivering restorative minerals as foil contains aluminum and other regenerative minerals.
2. Egg Whites
Again, egg whites should be applied following the immediate cooling of the burn. This treatment creates a protective coating over the burn that prevents further damage. It also restores important proteins in the skin to begin the rejuvenation process.
3. Aloe Vera
Aloe is one of those remedies you can apply immediately to prevent further damage and to treat the burn. Aloe naturally cools and heals the burn as it is an anti-inflammatory and anesthetic agent.
The next time you get burned, remember these easy home cures and apply one immediately to prevent a more severe burn and to initiate treatment. Continue below to read feedback from hundreds of our readers who have healed burns using a number of interesting remedies! Let us know what treatment you tried.
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[YEA] As a healthcare provider I have learned what works and doesn't, don't use butter! I burned myself on a iron skillet nothing has burned me worse before. All I had around was hand sanitizer which was a high percentage of alcohol. Reccomended 100%.
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