Home remedies for burns: 12 ways to prevent blisters from burns this Diwali

Diwali is just around the corner! And we all know, no matter how careful we are, a burn or two is bound to happen on the day. Some cities have banned crackers this year, but burns can happen even from candles and diyas. It is best to keep an over-the-counter ointment for Diwali, just in case. But in case you have forgotten to get one in the whole Diwali shopping rush, don’t worry. There are plenty of home remedies available for burns. Here are a few that are really effective.

1. Don’t put ice

This is the number one rule for treating burns. We tend to put ice on the burned area to feel less pain, but this only restricts blood flow to the area and damages the tissue. So no matter how much it hurts, never ever put ice on a burn.

2. Cold water

Hold the burned area under running cold water. This will stop the burn injury from spreading. Keep it for at least 15-20 minutes or till the initial pain goes away.

3. Toothpaste

Use preferably mint toothpaste, or any fluoride toothpaste on a burn. Although there is a lot of debate about this, from practical experience, toothpaste really calms a burn. At the same time, it doesn’t clog the pores. But make sure you first hold the burn under running water to get rid of any residual ash.

4. Teabags

Keep a few used tea bags in the fridge just before the evening of Diwali. If there is a burn, put the cold, wet teabags on the burned area and cover with a gauze to keep in place. Tea contains tannic acid, which helps calm down the sting from a burn.

5. Vinegar

Use white or apple cider vinegar on a burn. It contains acetic acid that helps with the inflammation and pain from a burn. It also acts as an astringent and antiseptic so there is a reduced chance of infection. Dilute vinegar in water and soak paper towels in it. Now put the paper towel on the burn to get relief.

6. Honey

Honey is a natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory substance. Apply honey on a burn to prevent infection and to cool the pain. It also takes care of any lingering bacteria on the skin and helps with preventing blisters.

7. Milk and Yogurt

Both milk and yogurt are good for burns. They contain natural protein and fats that help with relieving pain from a burn. Wash a burn under running cold water and then soak it in a bowl of cold milk, or apply some cold yogurt on it to get relief from the stinging sensation.

8. Raw potato

Rubbing a slice of raw potato on a burn helps prevent blisters and irritation on the burn. Grate a raw potato and apply it, along with any juice, on the burn immediately.

9. Aloe vera

A lot of us now have aloe vera plants at home. If there is a burn, cut a leaf and apply the fresh gel on the burn to immediate relief from the pain. You can also mix aloe vera gel with some turmeric and apply on the area to prevent infection and cool the area.

10. Plantain leaves

Plantain leaves are not easy to find, but you can stock up on a few before Diwali. Crush a few plantain leaves with a little water (if required) to make a paste. Put a piece of gauze on the burned area and put the paste on it. Cover with another piece of gauze to keep in place. Change the poultice when it dries.

11. Onion juice

Onion juice has sulfur compounds and quercetin that can relieve pain and prevent blisters. Cut a fresh onion and rub the slice on the burned area. Use only freshly cut onions for a burn.

12. Don’t put oils or Vaseline

Avoid applying oil, butter, petroleum jelly, or egg whites to a burn as it may trap the heat instead of drawing it out. Raw egg whites may also contain bacteria.


Feature image: Time Magazine