A medical professional should without a doubt treat serious burns, such as third degree burns; however, some burns can be treated at home. Regardless of which method you choose to use, burns should first be rinsed under cold water (for as long as possible) before being gently cleaned with mild soap and water (making sure not to break any blisters and not to use a soap with too many chemicals) and then bandaged with clean gauze in order to limit the likelihood of infection in that area of the skin. Then, afterwards you can use any of the below, after there is no chance of the heat from the burn continuing. It is important to make sure not to use any of these methods before this point, or if you plan to go to the hospital (as they will have to clean it out afterwards).
One component of white vinegar is a compound of aspirin called acetic acid. It can help to alleviate itching, pain, and inflammation cause by burns. This acetic acid also works as an astringent as it has antiseptic properties, which is helpful when it comes to reducing the likelihood of infections. White vinegar helps to diminish pain associated with the burn since it naturally draws heat away from the area. In order to use white vinegar to treat a burn, soak a washcloth or cotton ball (depending on the size of the area of the burn) and soak it in diluted vinegar. Apply the washcloth or cotton ball to the affected area or areas. If possible, such as is the case with a burn on the hand, submerge the area of the body with the burn completely in the diluted vinegar and leave it there for 10 minutes.
Continue reading to learn about the different ways to treat burns at home.