Myths About Handling Burns at Home
Friends of Hermina, there are many false myths about burns that can actually be dangerous. Check out the following burning myths:
For minor burns such as those caused by splashing hot oil or getting hit by an iron, home treatments are often preferred. Some people often apply toothpaste or butter to the burned area.
Another popular myth about treating burns is applying cooking oil or compressing them with ice cubes. Do these home remedies really work for burns? Or is it just a legend? Here are some burn treatment myths you shouldn't believe and the truth behind them:
1. Apply cooking oil or butter to burns.
Don't do it because applying cooking oil or butter to burns is a myth. Until now, there has been no research that proves that applying cooking oil or butter to burns is good for healing burns. In addition to not providing a healing effect, these household items are also considered unhygienic. These materials can also cause a heat effect, which can later slow down the healing process.
2. Apply toothpaste to the burn.
Don't do it; toothpaste contains a variety of chemicals designed to whiten teeth and freshen breath. Both of these ingredients can actually have a negative effect because they can increase inflammation and slow down the recovery process. Toothpaste also contains peppermint calcium, which can increase the risk of infection and damage skin tissue.
3. Compressing ice cubes
Ice can damage skin tissue and inhibit blood flow, which can aggravate the wound tissue itself. In fact, a good blood supply is necessary for the wound healing process. Compressing burns with ice can actually exacerbate the wound and even cause death or tissue necrosis. Instead, wash minor burns under running water to stop the burning process.
4. Tension solved
In first-degree burns, blisters can appear in the form of bubbles or bubbles filled with fluid, commonly called resilience. This elastic often causes pain, and many people try to break it. Some hope that by breaking the elastic, the pain will go away and the wound will heal faster. In fact, the rupture of the elastic will actually cause an open wound, which can be the entry point for germs that cause infection.
5. Flush the burn with alcohol.
Alcohol should not be used for burns, especially alcoholic beverages. Direct contact with alcohol on a burn can actually cause severe pain and dry the wound. As a result, the healing process is disrupted.
Perform wound care as soon as possible, properly and correctly, and if necessary, consult a doctor immediately.