Diwali is a time to cheer and celebrate. But we have a custom of bursting crackers and having a great firework as well on Diwali. Thus, Diwali also marks the possibility of accident and injuries. Hand burn is one of the most common problems which people come across during Diwali time. Be it, children or adults, we all lose our calm and go crazy over fireworks. Thus, it results in hand burning or injury in any other part of the body. Sometimes the spark from the cracker also gets into the eyes. This makes it important for us to take safety measures and must be aware of what one should do in case of hand burn. (Also read: Diwali 2017: How to protect yourself from air pollution during Deepawali festival)
In case your hand or any part of the body burns out and it isn’t too deep, you can treat it at home. However, if the burn is deep you should rush to the nearby hospital for immediate help.
Here are some of the do’s in case of hand burn:
Put your hand or the other burnt body part under the running water for 10-15 minutes. It helps to scratch out the burning sensation from the skin. It is one of the most basic steps to provide coolness to the burnt part.
Apply an antiseptic ointment that will provide immediate relief to the burnt marks. It will help to get rid of the dryness and will provide a cooling effect on the skin.
You can also cover the wound with a medicated gauze which does not stick to the wound and keep it safe. An open burning wound might lead to infections. Thus, sure you cover it.
In case you are unable to do so or want to leave it open, then you must consult a doctor.
It’s best to take a tetanus injection in order to prevent the risk of infection in the body. (Also read: Diwali 2017: How To Protect Your Eyes From Pollution During Diwali)
What are the don’ts in case of hand burn?
Never apply ice on the burnt marks. It might make your skin loose and it will peel off.
Some people have this misconception of applying toothpaste on the burnt wounds. Never do that!
In fact, do not burst the blisters formed on the skin. It will create a more burning sensation.
Here are some of the home remedies to provide relief to the burning marks during Diwali:
Milk: You can pour cold milk on the burning wound. It will help to soothe the skin and will also provide immediate relief. Milk acts as a healing agent for the skin. Thus, it’s a good choice to use milk.
Aloe vera gel: Aloe vera gel has healing properties. It even reduces the chances of the blister formation on the skin. Thus, one should apply aloe vera gel to cool the skin and the wound. So, wash your wound with cold water and then apply a thin layer of aloe vera gel on it.
Besides this, rubbing potato slice on the burnt area and applying coconut oil also provides instant relief to the burning sensation and irritation caused on the skin. (Also read: Diwali 2017: How To Avoid Gaining Weight During Diwali Festival)