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Other Home Treatment Measures for a First-Degree Burn or Sunburn

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There is no evidence-based research to support the safety and effectiveness of the following home treatment measures, but they may help relieve your burn symptoms.

  • Soak a washcloth in water to make a cool compress.
  • Add a handful of oatmeal (ground to a powder) to your bath. Or you can try an oatmeal bath product, such as Aveeno.
  • Use a moisturizer or light powder to smooth areas where skin rubs against skin to prevent chafing.
  • Use calamine lotion for itching.
  • Cut a raw potato and spread the juice on the burned skin.
  • Use chamomile diluted in warm water or brewed into a tea to sponge on the burned skin.
  • Try an aloe vera lotion.
  • Add 2 to 3 drops of lavender essential oil to 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil to smooth over the burned skin.

Avoid breaking open any blisters, and watch for any signs of a skin infection while using home treatment measures.

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Current as of: July 1, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
H. Michael O'Connor MD - Emergency Medicine
Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine

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