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It seems almost impossible to get through the summer, with a family, without someone feeling a burn somewhere or another at some point. It can be from the sun, it can be from a bee sting, it can be from getting too close to a bonfire or grill, or it can be (as was the case for my left arm last week), from the lovely long tentacles of an obscure jellyfish. Ouch!
Here are a few tricks that I've learned to help heal all sorts of summery burns and provide some relief from the pain so you can all get back to having more fun, faster. (Please note that if any burns are severe, medical attention is recommended. I am referring to helping small, minor burns here.):
1) For sunburns: Keep aloe on hand. Aloe gel can be found at any drug store and works great. The goo from an actual aloe plant works even better, and I do know people who grow them at home for that purpose. They are apparently very easy houseplants. For burns in delicate areas like eyelids, make a cool compress with chamomile (make a few cups of the tea and let cool) using a soft washcloth or cotton pads. Cucumbers also work wonders.
2) For burns from fire: First aid creams have worked best for me. Neosporin is what we keep on hand mostly, and then cover the burned skin to protect it while it heals with a clean gauze.
3) For insect stings: I like Neosporin for this as well. You can also make a compress with baking soda which I think works by absorbing the venom somehow. Cool stuff!
4) For jellyfish stings: First, rub the area right away vigorously with WET SAND for a few minutes. Apparently, the tentacles and poison cling into the pores of your skin, and rubbing the wet sand releases them quickly and also, weirdly, feels good. (I did this on myself and it worked well!) I still felt a burn though, and learned that keeping plain old white vinegar on hand is a great way to wash off the poison or neutralize it, and thereby reducing the pain faster too. Since I saw on the news that Man o' Wars are in our area, I am definitely packing some vinegar in my beach bag from now on!
How do you heal a minor burn or sting?