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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 oatmeal [0.5 cup (120 mL)] or baking soda to a cool water bath.
  • 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.
  • 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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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
Last Revised September 1, 2011

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