Natural Treatment For Second Degree Burns

By Patricia | August 18, 2009

It’s a lot easier to treat first degree burns as these are minor burns that affect one on a superficial level and are only red and painful. Second degree burns reach deeper levels of the skin and are more painful, usually accompanied by blisters. Both these types of burns can be treated at home and do not need immediate medical attention. By the symptoms that you have described, you have second degree burns. With some care and home remedies, you can heal the burn soon enough. The first thing that you should have done is bring down the temperature of the burnt area by dipping the body part in chilled water for about 20 minutes. After washing the wound, applying honey on the burnt part will not only prevent infection but also help in healing the wound.

You can apply both Vitamin E and aloe vera gel on burns. Slit open a leaf of aloe vera and apply it directly on the burn. Aloe vera has natural healing properties which will not only heal the burn, but will also prevent scarring. If aloe leaves are not available, you can also apply aloe vera gel on the burn. Lavender oil is also very effective in healing burns. Plantain leaves have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Crush leaves of plantain and rub the juice on the wounds to get the plant’s remedial effect. After the wound starts healing, it may start to get itchy. Do not scratch the portion - no matter what. To relieve itchiness, you can soak the body part in oatmeal mixed in water for about 20 minutes. Let it air dry by keeping a thin coating of oatmeal on your skin.

It would also be beneficial if you maintained a balanced diet, especially rich in proteins and calories till your wounds are healed completely. Hence, consume lots of fresh fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. When one suffers a burn, the skin loses lots of micronutrients, which can be made up for with fruits and vegetables. You should also drink lots of liquids, like water and juices, to keep your body hydrated. Bioflavonoids are antioxidants that help in forming collagen. These can be found in foods with Vitamin C. So, include lots of citrus fruits in your diet. Oranges, sweet lime, and tomatoes would be beneficial for you. Vegetables and fruits are rich in Vitamin E, which is an important nutrient that prevents scarring. You can also break capsules of Vitamin E and topically apply the oil on your wound. Be very careful that you don’t contract an infection. To avoid infections, apply a solution of equal parts of vinegar and water on the wound.

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