There are major distinctions between first-, second- and third-degree burns. Only first-degree burns and scalds should be treated at home. For more serious burns, see a doctor immediately. First-degree burns are characterized by reddened, painful skin but can be treated effectively with natural remedies (assuming you don’t have an open wound).
WHEN TO CONSULT A DOCTOR: More serious bums (blisters start forming with second-degree burns), large or deep burns and all chemical and electrical burns require medical attention. People who may be at greater risk from the effects of burns—such as children, pregnant women or anyone over age 60—should also see a healthcare professional immediately. Second- and third-degree burns that cause blistering and tissue damage are serious, with a high risk of infection caused by germs entering the body through the damaged skim
• To cool skin, reduce the pain and clean the wound, hold the affected part under cold running water (not ice water) for at least 30 minutes.
• Apply calendula salve to the bum if the skin is unbroken. It soothes and can help damaged skin to heal more quickly.
• Take vitamin C to build and maintain new skim
• Squeeze a few drops of the juice from a cut piece of an aloe vera plant on the bunt It will help soothe it and prevent infection.
• Apply fresh sauerkraut, a traditional German burn remedy rich in vitamin C, directly to the burn.
• For healing without scars, pour 6 cups (1.5 L) water over 1 tablespoon OS ml) flaxseeds. Boil until scum forms on the surface, strain and let cool. Soak a linen cloth in the liquid, wring out and apply.