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Home Remedies for Burns

There are three types of burns:

First- degree burnsSecond- degree burnsThird-degree burns

First-degree burns
A first-degree burn is referred to as a ‘minor burn’ since it only affects the top layer of the skin also known as the epidermis (outer layer of the skin).
Symptoms of a first degree burn are pain followed by swelling and redness of skin which may further lead to the formation of blisters.
Run cool water on the burnt skin for 5 minutes. Refrain from applying cold water or ice as the cooling effect given out by cold water and ice can further damage the wound.
Pat dry and apply a layer of toothpaste. You can also apply a layer of  Bacitracin or Polysporin ointment to soothe the pain and swelling instead of toothpaste.
First – degree burns take between 3 to 6 days to heal. Peeling of skin may occur after the 1st or 2nd day.
Second-degree burns
When a burn damages the second layer of the skin (dermis) it’s known as a second – degree burn.
Second – degree burns are more severe than fir…

Home Remedies For Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy is found in many parts of America and Canada including in the mountainous region of Mexico. This poisonous plant can be in the form of a ‘trailing vine,’ climbing vine’ or ‘shrub.’
Poison Ivy leaves are pointed and ‘appear in groups of three leaflets.’ In the summer the leaves of the plant are green but turn ‘reddish in spring and fall.’ It’s vital to be able to identify the plant as this can help one avoid coming into contact with it.
The plant produces a liquid called Urushiol. When  this liquid comes in contact with the skin it can cause blisters, rashes and itchiness. Always remember to wear gloves when removing shoes and clothing which have come in contact with Poison Ivy. If not your skin may break out in a rash, blisters, etc.
It sometimes can take up to two weeks (after coming in contact with the plant) before symptoms such as itchiness, blisters or rashes appear on the skin.
Rub alcohol immediately to the affected area. Alcohol will remove the oil from the ur…