Home remedies for burns: 11 surprising treatments that work
If you burn yourself in the kitchen or on the barbecue, or even if you’ve stayed out in the sun too long and your skin has turned the colour of a tomato, these household items can provide quick relief, says Dr Pamela Hops.
Use aloe vera instead of ice
Ice can restrict blood flow to the skin and further damage tissue, says Dr Pamela Hops, author of Kitchen Cabinet Cures. Here’s how to treat a burn instead: immediately place the burnt area under cool running water, which helps the injury from spreading, and keep it there for at least 20 minutes if possible. What else works? Aloe – probably the most well-known home remedy for burns – will stop pain and inflammation, reduce swelling and stimulate skin growth and repair. But if you don’t have any on hand, treating a burn with any of these other options should offer relief.
Here’s how to treat a burn if you accidentally touch something hot without a potholder, or get splattered by something that’s boiling: Keep a tube of white, minty toothpaste in the kitchen as a home remedy to relieve a minor burn. First, run the scalded area under cool water, then gently pat it dry with a paper towel and cover with a layer of the toothpaste, says Dr Hops.