How to Cure a Burn to the Hand
Burns are a common household accident, more so when they occur on the hands. Hot oil, an oven at high temperature, boiling water and power failures are usually the main causes of burns to the hands. These injuries cause pain and burning and often incapacitate the person from perform certain activities. Treating a burn in time is necessary and so in this OneHowTo article we explain how to cure a burn on the hand.
The first thing to do to heal a burn on the hand is to moisturise the wound by putting the affected area under running tap water. It is also recommended to place ice or a cold compresses with vinegar on the wound. Ideally a burn should be cooled to prevent the heat from further penetrating the skin.
The next step to heal a burn to the hand is to disinfect the area so that germs and bacteria do not contaminate the wound. Wash the burn with antibacterial soap and water. After that you can apply an anti-inflammatory cream to prevent the area from swelling.
Burns tend to irritate the skin, so it is necessary to apply some moisturiser to help it regenerate. Honey is an excellent choice to heal burns to the hand as it creates a barrier that prevents the passage of germs and protects the wound from any friction, lubricating well the skin. Apply a little honey to the wound and cover it with a gauze bandage.
If you have no honey in your home you can apply aloe vera. Aloe vera is known for its ability to regenerate skin and avoid marks or scars after an injury. Ideally, cut a leaf and put a little aloe vera pulp on the wound and then make a bandage with a gauze. If you do not have this plant in your home aloe vera based creams can also be used.
Calendula is also ideal to cure burns to the hand. You can apply a cream based on this ingredient and then bandage the wound with a gauze. It is recommendable you apply the honey, aloe vera or calendula twice a day and remember to wash your the wound before with soap and water.
It is important to evaluate the degree of the burn. If the is first grade or second grade it can be cured as described in the preceding paragraphs. However, when the burn to the hand involves loss of deep tissue it is advisable to go to the hospital and be evaluated by a specialist.
If the burn has formed a blister it is best not to break it and instead protect it carefully. The blister is a barrier that protects the skin from bacteria and helps its regeneration. It is best to wait for the blister to reduce over time.
A burn to the hand can be slow to completely heal if you continue to use the area as usual. It is best to rest the hand and not use it for cleaning or cooking for at least three days and wait until the pain subsides to resume housework.
This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.
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