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It is a well known fact that the use of aloe vera for burns is a very effective treatment. Minor burns can also be relieved by placing a milk compress on the effected area or using raw potato slices. According to old folk remedies butter works as well, but any oil or grease traps the heat and increases the risk of infection. Burns can be caused by extremely hot water, overexposure to the sun, fire, electricity, steam, hot oil or grease and chemicals. Even though skin damage may not appear to be bad, the internal damage with a burn can be extensive.
Most burns can be managed at home because they are first degree burns. Although a first degree burn is painful, it is not serious. But even with a this type of burn it is wise to call a doctor if the burn area covers a large area of the body or is unusually painful. Symptoms of a first degree burn are slight swelling, tenderness and redness. A second degree burn will have blisters, pain and redness. If this type of burn is on the face, hands or covers more than two inches of skin you should see a doctor. Third degree burns may have charred, white or red skin. There is usually serious swelling and no blisters. Another sign of a third degree burn is a lack of pain or bleeding which signals nerve damage. You should always see a doctor with a third degree burn.
The best way to treat first and some small second degree burns is to first immerse them in cool water for 5 to 10 minutes. Aloe vera juice or gel, chamomile tea or lavender oil applied to the area will relieve swelling and pain. To fight infection, goldenseal cream or calendula cream can be applied. To repair tissue and prevent scarring take orally echinacea, vitamin A, C, E, and zinc. This will also boost the immune response. Gotu kola is another great treatment for burns. It stimulates the growth of the connective tissue in the skin. It is wise to gently clean a burn area daily. Be careful not to break the blisters to prevent infection. Burns need to be kept dry and protected. Do not expose a burn to hot water or sun and drink plenty of fluids.