Burns, Scrapes and Cut: 13 Quick Tips For Healthy Healing

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cutAlthough minor burns, scrapes, and cuts may seem simple to treat, many people know very little about giving first aid or even treating the same.

A small wound that could have healed in less than a week could take days for the skin to heal while some cuts become infected as time goes by.

With proper understanding of how to deal with burns, it would be possible to give fast aid and even treat yourself should you get sunburns, scald or if you cut yourself while in the kitchen.

The first thing to do when dealing with a cut is to stop bleeding as soon as possible. This be done by applying pressure to the cut area, then disinfecting it with clinical spirit. As for burns, apply some oil on the area carefully without exerting pressure on the same. Although most people use ice on burns, this is not recommended at all.

This because ice tends to restrict blood flow to the skin and the injured area, thus slowing down the healing process. Instead of using ice, consider running cold water over the burn for a few minutes, and then spread the cold water over the burn for at least 15 minutes. Discussed below are several quick tips on how to handle burns scrapes and cuts for healthy even healing.

mint toothpaste1. Use Mint Toothpaste: Although most people may not know this, mint toothpaste is an effective home remedy for dealing with minor burns, and mostly in the kitchen.

After running some cold water over the scalded area, pat the skin dry with paper towel then cover it with a toothpaste layer.

Charred areas become more painful due to heat gain or loss, which the layer of mint toothpaste helps maintain a constant temperature. This give you a faster relief from pain.

2. Dab Vanilla On The Burned Skin: Vanilla is another excellent home remedy for minor burns. This because it helps keep the burned area cool for longer thus alleviating pain. By dabbing vanilla on the affected area, alcohol starts to evaporate from the skin thus keeping the burned area cool.

This helps make you comfortable until you can find professional help. Vanilla should be used for first aid to alleviate pain and induce even healing on the affected area. If the burn is too big, you should seek medical attention then continue nursing the wound once treated.

Tea bags3. Use Tea Bags: Tea bags can be used to treat both burns and scrapes. This because tea leaves contain tannic acid.

Acompound that draws heat from burns thus leaving on the desired temperature for cell regeneration and development.

This also reduces the rate at which body cells die due to heat exposure thus boosting recovery remarkably. By eliminating excess heat from the burned area, the skin starts to heal much faster and evenly.

While untreated burns may take up to 2 weeks to heal completely, tannic acid helps cut this period by almost half. To use tea bags, soak them in cold water, and then place a couple of them on the burned area. Tea bags can be used to treat scalds and sunburns.

4. Vinegar: Vinegar is commonly used to treat burns, scrapes and cuts thanks to its antiseptic and astringent properties. The reason why white vinegar is an excellent home remedy for burns is that it not only keeps germs and other disease-causing microbes at bay but also helps deal with inflammation and itchiness.

According to research, the main compound in vinegar that makes it an effective painkiller is acetic acid. Acetic acid is an aspirin component that helps alleviate pain and inflammation on injured tissues. This the reason why applying vinegar on burns and scrapes relieves pain and induces faster recovery. Vinegar should be used sparingly especially on burns, as any excess could make the condition worse.

scar cream5. Aloe Vera Cream or Gel: Aloe vera is one of the most potent natural home remedies used for treating various conditions including burns and cuts.

Aloe vera gel can be used to treat and prevent sunburns. Rubbing the natural aloe vera gel on the injured skin, burn or scald promotes healing fast and effectively.

This because aloe vera is not only an excellent source of vitamins, phytonutrients, and antioxidants but also contains excellent hydrating agents as well. The hydrating agents help keep skin cells hydrated all day long, thus promoting faster cell regeneration hence quick recovery. The phytonutrients and antioxidants get rid of phytonutrients thus promoting cell regeneration and tissue repair.

6. Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is commonly used in skin care and anti-aging products on the market today. This because coconut oil is a potent source of vitamin E and hydrating agents. It can also be used to prevent sunburns, as well as promote faster recovery from minor burns, sunburns, and cuts.

The reason why coconut is an excellent remedy for burns and cuts is that vitamin E induces proper cell repair and regeneration, while the oil itself keeps the skin hydrated for long. As long as the skin remains hydrated, cell functions won’t be affected, meaning faster and more even recovery.

 Hydrotherapy7. Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the use of lukewarm water to keep burns moist and cool to facilitate faster healing.

You should never try using hot water to treat burns and burns. This because hot water will only strip the skin of vital oils that that keep skin cells intact and in shape.

Hot water strips the skin of this valuable constituent of the skin, which is why you should only use lukewarm water. By keeping the injured skin moist, skin cells will regenerate faster leading to even quicker recovery. The best thing about hydrotherapy is that scars from burns or cuts are not as scarring as they would be if hot water were used.

8. Use Milk: Although unknown to many, milk contains healing properties that induce healing of injured tissues, and especially from burns. Dabbing some milk on sunburns and scalded area not only keeps the skin hydrated, but also prevents further damage. Milk can also be used to treat scrapes especially if you cannot find aloe vera gel.

Olive oil9. Olive oil: Olive oil is one of the best home remedies for minor burns, cuts, and scars.

This because it contains medicinal properties that not only help get rid of germs and other microbes’ but also induces cell regeneration.

Applying olive oil to the injured area and leaving it to seep in for a few minutes keeps the skin hydrated and moist for long. As mentioned earlier, the key to faster recovery, especially on burns, is by ensuring the skin is properly moisturized, and olive oil does just that. In addition to this, olive oil is rich in antioxidants that expunge toxins from skin cells thus promoting healthy healing.

10. Fresh Air: Burns and cuts heal much faster when exposed to fresh air than when in bandages. Bandages hold more heat in the injured cells thus creating a environment for an infection. In addition to this, heat makes the recovery on injured tissues, especially from a cut almost impossible.

This the reason why we recommend basking in the moonlight (at night) or in the shade during the day to induce faster recovery. Leaving fresh air to brush through the burns and cuts will result in a faster recovery, with the scars not as glaring as they would be.

sunflower seeds 11. Eat Sunflower Seeds: Sunflower seeds are considerably the best sources of vitamin E. Vitamin E is a vital compound needed for detoxing, and also promotes healthy cell growth.

The heavy presence of vitamin E, in particular for the case of an injured area, does help rejuvenate cell multiplication and regeneration.

Other sources of vitamin E include soybean oil, raw nuts and wheat germ among many others. Aside from eating the sunflower seeds, you can also apply sunflower oil to the injured tissues. Vitamin E penetrates deep into the skin hence inducing recovery. The best thing about sunflower oil is that it is readily available in shops and grocery stores.

12. Drink Plenty Of  Water: In case you haven’t noticed, cell hydration and very important in recovery. This basically is because 90% of all cells are of fluids, and water is a constituent in this. This the reason why we recommend drinking plenty of water to help keep cells hydrated.

Although the recommended daily intake of water is at 8 glasses, you should strive to take more than this. Taking good volumes of water will not only facilitate faster recovery and healing but will also make your skin smoother and youthful. This means scars left from the injuries will fade away with time.

honeyHoney has long been used for the treatment of burns, cuts, and scrapes, and continues to be used to this date. Unlike conventional medicine that.

Used ‘chemicals’ to prevent infections and maintain normal pH on the injured tissues, honey is purely natural and its effects are just astounding.

Applying honey on an already damaged area blocks bacteria and other disease-causing microorganisms from accessing the area. Honey also helps keep the injured area cool (and hydrated) thus relieving you of pain and helping the skin heal much faster.

The remedies discussed above have been tried and proven to work even for larger cuts and burns. Nonetheless, this doesn’t limit you from using other home remedies for fast aid, and to treat such.

Oats are a natural home remedy for already healing tissues as it helps reduce inflammation on the dry skin. Soaking some oats in cold water, then placing them on the scar does help soothe the skin thus preventing you from scratching the fresh scar.

seafoodAlthough these remedies may be effective in treating burns and minor cuts, how you care for your body will also determine whether they will heal quickly or not.

Personal hygiene is needed to nurse the wounds and keep bacteria at bay. In addition to this, you need to eat well to promote cell regeneration for faster recovery as well. People lose lots of blood from a cut while thousands of cells are from a burn.

The best way to promote healing and soothe the body is eating well and ensuring there are plenty of proteins on the table. Seafood’s, lean meat, chicken, and turkey are excellent sources of amino acids. Amino acids are the body’s building blocks and essentially needed for faster recovery. Some of these simple tips make the difference in how fast burns and cuts heal.

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