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Most Common Causes of Burns and How to Treat Them Naturally

Your body’s skin is its largest organ and what protects you from the harsh elements of nature. However, the skin often experiences damage as it serves as a barrier against infection, prevents bodily fluids from evaporating, and regulates the body’s internal temperature. One common type of skin damage is the burn, and burns can be very minor or very severe depending on their causes.

Here is some information about the common causes of burns and some tips for how to treat them naturally when your skin becomes burned.

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Causes of Burns

Many skin burns are caused by contact with fire, which causes direct injury to the skin and underlying tissue from the hot flames. Burns can also be caused by contact with hot liquid, called a scald. A person’s skin can become burned by touching a hot object, such as a pan on the stove or an iron.

The sun’s ultraviolet light causes sunburns, and electrical burns are serious burns caused by electrical currents. Also, it is possible to burn the skin by being in contact with flammable and hot gases.

Common Burn Symptoms

There are three main types of burns that occur on the skin: first-degree burns, second-degree burns, and third-degree burns.

First-degree burns affect the most outer layer of skin and result in pain, swelling, redness, and tenderness. These burns do not blister but may peel, especially after a sunburn or touching a hot object. Second-degree burns are more serious and affect the second skin layer. These burns make the skin pink, soft, and very painful, and they cause blisters and damage that can take a few weeks to heal. Finally, third-degree burns are the most serious category of burns because they affect the third layer of skin. These burns may cause the skin to appear white and affect muscles, nerves, and bones as well as the skin. Third-degree burns often cause deep scarring and require extensive treatment.

Natural Burn Treatments

For burns caused by scalding, the sun, and hot surfaces, we recommend Bye Bye Burns for temporarily relief from pain and to promote natural healing. This is a homeopathic remedy to treat vesicular eruptions, like blisters, and inflammation after a burn. Bye Bye Burns contains natural homeopathic ingredients, (Belladonna, Cantharis, Ranunculus bulb, and Urtica dioica) within a natural oil base of omega-3 fish liver oil, coconut oil, olive oil, and vitamin E to nourish, protect, and promote the healing of damaged areas of the skin.

Aloe vera is another good natural burn remedy to sooth pain and reduce blistering. Apply aloe to burns twice daily until minor burns are healed. You can also try to use honey to promote natural healing and calendula extract for burn injuries.

As a general rule though, only minor burns should be treated at home. More serious burns are often prone to infection, which may require professional medical attention. It is also advisable to seek medical help if your burns are on your face, eyes, ears, or feet. Also, any electrical burns require immediate medical attention to determine if these burns have affected other parts of the body and have damaged deep layers of tissue.

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