Treating a Minor Burn

If you have ever burned yourself, which you probably have, you know hoe uncomfortable and painful it can be. Even a very small burn can be excruciating for several days, especially if it is in a location that you use quite frequently such as on your hand or forearm. In order to get some relief for your minor burn, you’ll want to treat it as soon as possible to reduce the harmful effects and hasten your recovery time. Here are some classic ways to go about treating a minor burn that are time-tested and frequently used, as well as some ways to prevent getting burns in the first place.

Causes of Minor Burns

There are many ways you can get a minor burn, and usually you get one on your hands or arms. This is because most of the hot things we handle on a daily basis are done with the hands, so any slip up will usually be in that region. The most common way people get burned is while they cook from splattering hot grease or water from a pan. Another way people get burned is by being careless with items such as sparklers or matches that literally burn in their hands. To avoid being burned in these scenarios, make sure you are paying close attention to what you are doing and use good common sense.

Cold Water

Cold water is a very popular remedy for minor burns because it is readily available and provides instant relief. The first thing most people do when they get a minor burn is to run to the bathroom or kitchen faucet and run ice cold water over the affected area. This cools down the burn quickly to limit the amount of damage as well as numbs the nerves around the burn to provide relief. You should avoid using ice to cool down your minor burns because if can actually damage your skin, so stick to really cold water unless there is no other alternative.


Using ointments is the best way to treat a minor burn over the long term. There are plenty of burn ointments that will keep the affected area free of bacteria and infection while your body goes through the healing process. Once your burn has healed most of the way and the only issue is some mild pain, you can use Aloe Vera gel to help soothe the burn area. Not only will this gel make your skin feel better, but it will also reduce the scarring by making your skin soft and supple in its final stages of healing. Though Aloe Vera itself doesn’t really have too many healing properties, it will make you feel better and allow the skin to heal as naturally as possible.

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