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What home remedy can I use for a burn?

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Dr. Bryan McIntosh
Surgery - Plastics
8 doctors agree

In brief: Depends on the Burn

First degree burns (skin that is only red and sore) can be treated with cool compresses and oral pain medications.
Second degree burns (the outer layer of skin blisters off and leaves a painful, wet surface) and third degree burns (more severe, deeper burns that often are painless) should be treated by a plastic surgeon and not a home remedy due to the likelihood of infection and scarring.

In brief: Depends on the Burn

First degree burns (skin that is only red and sore) can be treated with cool compresses and oral pain medications.
Second degree burns (the outer layer of skin blisters off and leaves a painful, wet surface) and third degree burns (more severe, deeper burns that often are painless) should be treated by a plastic surgeon and not a home remedy due to the likelihood of infection and scarring.
Dr. Bryan McIntosh
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Dr. Luis Matos
Since your question was about home remedies, you can apply aloe vera gel to first degree burns after the immediate cool compresses. This will help it heal faster.
Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Agree w Dr McIntosh

Low dose Motrin helps limit ongoing damage fr inflammation.
Aloe vera has ~15% incidence of allergy. Blisters drained by plastic surgeon. Prevent drying. Full-thicknes("3d degree") are numb except at edges and usually require surgery.

In brief: Agree w Dr McIntosh

Low dose Motrin helps limit ongoing damage fr inflammation.
Aloe vera has ~15% incidence of allergy. Blisters drained by plastic surgeon. Prevent drying. Full-thicknes("3d degree") are numb except at edges and usually require surgery.
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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Ice is nice

If it is a first degree burn (red skin only).
If you have a larger second degree burn (blisters) or third degree (with charred skin), don't treat that at home but see a doctor to make sure you heal up ok. Poorly treated burns can cause many long term problems.

In brief: Ice is nice

If it is a first degree burn (red skin only).
If you have a larger second degree burn (blisters) or third degree (with charred skin), don't treat that at home but see a doctor to make sure you heal up ok. Poorly treated burns can cause many long term problems.
Dr. Mike Bowman
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Dr. Annette Occhialini
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: None

For small burns (2 x 2 inches) can be treated with topical antibiotic ointment.
Keep it moist with the ointment. Deep burns, larger burns, burns on face or hands or burns that appear infected or are slow to heal should be examined by your doctor.

In brief: None

For small burns (2 x 2 inches) can be treated with topical antibiotic ointment.
Keep it moist with the ointment. Deep burns, larger burns, burns on face or hands or burns that appear infected or are slow to heal should be examined by your doctor.
Dr. Annette Occhialini
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: What degree

For a very superficial first degree burn any topical antibiotic with nsaids ifuounare not allergic or have GI sensitivity is reasonable care.
However if it is any deeper, lack of appropriate care could result in unnecessary unfavorable healing.

In brief: What degree

For a very superficial first degree burn any topical antibiotic with nsaids ifuounare not allergic or have GI sensitivity is reasonable care.
However if it is any deeper, lack of appropriate care could result in unnecessary unfavorable healing.
Dr. Otto Placik
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