There are many “at-home-remedies” or old wives’ tales regarding what to do for minor burns. The information and advice can cause confusion. It’s best to know what to do for burns before you need to so you are able to handle the situation well and with a cool head. We will answer the question, can you use Vaseline for burns?
Is it good to use Vaseline for Burns?
Burn Severity: When Is It an Emergency?
The first thing that needs to be addressed is the fact that some burns are too severe for at-home treatment options. The depth and width of a burn are taken into account when deciding to seek emergency care. Generally speaking, first degree and up to second degree burns can be self-treated. First degree burns are superficial, and do not go past the top layer of skin. Second degree burns include the top layer and the second layer of skin. Second degree burns may blister, but there will be no dead skin like in a third degree burn. Third and fourth degree burns need emergency intervention. If the burn can be treated at home, what are your options?
Vaseline for Burns and Other Home Treatment Options
Step one would be to run the affected area under cool water for a few minutes. Before swelling sets in, any tight jewelry like rings or bracelets should be removed.
People may tell you to put Vaseline on burns. They may also suggest that you use antibiotic ointments. The ointments can work well, but if there is an rash around the application site, the person should immediately cease using it. Aloe vera,cool compresses, over the counter pain relievers,and avoiding sun exposure are some other was to facilitate a smooth recovery. Another key point in burn treatment would be to not purposely pop any blisters that form. If the burn is in an area that is covered by clothing, it may be advisable to bandage it as protection from friction. It’s not advised to put too much pressure on the burned area. When blisters pop, they can increase the chances of infection. One way to avoid infection is to clean the affected area with mild antibacterial soap after the initial cool water rinse. Putting honey on a bandage and applying it to the burn can also be helpful in infection prevention. Honey has clinically proven antibacterial properties.
Options to Avoid
Some of the advice people give regarding burn treatments can be counterproductive or harmful. As a general rule, putting oils on burns is not advised. Butter, coconut oil, olive oil, or even essential oils may be touted as good options, but they can trap heat and delay healing. Ice seems like a good choice, but it can cause irritation or even frostbite. Toothpaste can feel cooling, but due to its abrasiveness is not recommended. Egg whites have been suggested, but they would be more likely to cause infection than help in healing.
This list can be a good staring point on at-home burn treatment, but is by no means exhaustive. If you do suffer a burn, be conscientious. As it heals,be vigilant for signs of infection or dead and dying skin. Keeping a small first-aid kit with bandages,antibiotic ointment, and pain relievers might be a great way to prepare your home in case you or a loved one suffer a burn in the future.