If you suffer from a minor, instead of reaching for the first aid kit you might be reaching for the kitchen pantry instead. While major burn injuries should receive medical attention as soon as possible, here are some easy home burn remedies you can try on first degree burns.
For a closed, minor burn, toothpaste can work as a salve. Allow the burn to completely cool before applying.
If you are looking for a way to cool the burn and do not have any cool water handy, try reaching into the fridge for some cold vinegar. Pickle juice is also reported to work.
Rubbing alcohol can be used to soothe the chemical burn caused by hot peppers. It works best when the applied immediately after coming in contact with the pepper juices, and should only be used on the skin.
If you have a contact burn from coming in close contact with a hot object, rubbing lavender oil onto the spot can help relieve pain and prevent scarring. Repeat as necessary if the burning sensation returns.
If you burn yourself while cooking, try reaching into the fridge and applying mustard to the burn. Mustard will help cool the burn and provide pain relief so that you can continue with your evening.
If you are out of burn ointment but have a tube of Preparation H handy, you can give that a try to help heal your burns. While it does not provide instant pain relief, it can help reduce the amount of blistering and swelling that comes as the burn is healing.
Another kitchen remedy for burns is to try placing a used tea bag on the burn site (a cool one, not one that is still hot). It can help cool the burn and reduce any swelling that might be associated with it.
If you are are burned while cooking dinner, try cutting a raw potato in half. Scoop out the middle and smear over the burn to help cool it and reduce swelling.
The most important part of any burn remedy is to cool the burn down and keep it moisturized. If you are not into putting condiments on your burns, try rinsing the burned area with cool water for several minutes to help remove the heat. After any remedy, apply antibiotic ointment to prevent infection and cover the burn site with a loose bandage.
Any burn that starts to blister could be a risk for infection and should be looked at by a medical professional, particularly if it covers a large area of the body. Burns that refuse to heal after a day or two, even if minor, could be infected and also need medical attention. Chemical and electrical burns should always be treated by a professional, since the severity of the burn is not always able to be determined by visual inspection. When in doubt as to the severity of the burn, contact your doctor before trying any home remedies.