I had a patient severely burn her hand this week while working at the stove. She decided to nurse it at home, so here are a few options for getting through the experience of a bad burn.
Initially you may feel you want to use cold water, but these home remedies are far superior to stop the burning feeling and support the healing process. The juice from an Aloe Vera plant is known for its cooling properties, even after a sunburn. Peeling the outside of the “leaf” allows you access to the gel that you should generously rub onto the burn. Another is olive oil. Gently apply a nice coat onto the skin. If you read one of my tips from the past (click here to read it), you’ll already have it kept in the refrigerator, and the cool temperature will feel quite relieving. Also consider applying a raw egg which will allow the healing process to begin right at the onset. After the egg dries, it provides it’s own protective coat. As a last option, apply a thin layer of an onion right on the burn. It may seem like the onion will make it sting more, but over 30-60 minutes you’ll experience quite the contrary.
With all of these remedies, leave the application on for as long as possible, replenishing the remedy as needed to keep the wound covered. With the 2 liquids, cover the burn lightly with a gauze pad. If you use the onion or egg, leave the thin layer on the burn just like a gauze. If you get a blister, try to avoid popping it, this will leave you more susceptible to an infection. Cover the site with plastic wrap or a glove to keep it dry when showering.
You’ll only need to use one of these remedies, but if they all sound great, consider a combination if you’d like. I once had a neighbor who burned the back of her leg on the tailpipe of a motorcycle, with using one of these remedies she healed without a scar.