When it comes to household injuries, burns are among the most common. Many of these cases are minor and won’t require a visit to the doctor’s office or emergency room, but even a first-degree burn can cause skin damage and pain. One of the best ways to limit the damage caused by a burn is an immediate and effective treatment.
CBD may be such a treatment. Increasingly, people are using CBD topicals for the burn and orally for pain management. To better understand why, we’ll look at the different types of burns, common treatments, and how CBD may help.
What Are The Types Of Burns?
The 3 types of burns – first-degree, second-degree, and third-degree – indicate the amount of damage caused by exposure to hot objects, such as boiling liquids, fires, and the sun. Other sources of burns include chemicals and electrical currents.
To define each of the three types of burns, we look at the visible damage they cause to the skin:
- First-degree burns involve red skin without blisters.
- Second-degree burns involve blisters and the thickening of the skin.
- Third-degree burns involved large spots of thickened skin that looks white and leathery or black and charred.
How Do You Treat A Burn?
The method of how to treat a burn will differ based on its degree. First-degree burns may not need more than a cool water bath, an over-the-counter pain reliever, and perhaps some aloe vera or antibiotic ointment. Typically, you won’t need medical treatment unless the affected spot is larger than three inches or is on the face or a major joint.
Second-degree burns should be treated by running under cool water for at least 15 minutes. Any blisters must be treated with antibiotic creams. If the burns are on your buttocks, face, hands, groin, or feet, seek medical attention immediately.
Third-degree burns require immediate emergency medical attention. If possible, raise the injury above your heart while waiting for treatment.
Can CBD Help?
The antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of CBD indicate it may be an effective treatment for burns. This is backed by recent research that shows CBD can kill bacteria and help sterilize wounds. The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD can help provide pain relief and keep the healing process moving.
CBD is often available as both a lotion and in pill form. Both uses can serve as treatment, with the cream applied directly to the burn as soon as possible and the pills serving to manage pain. If you’ve experienced a burn over a large area of your body or over critical areas that can affect your day-to-day life, seek medical attention immediately. Your doctor can offer the most effective treatment for your specific needs.