What to Avoid Eating After a Burn? Top 5 Foods to Avoid

Burn injury is a type of accident that damages the skin to varying degrees of severity. A proper diet plays a crucial role in promoting wound healing and minimizing the risk of unsightly scars after a burn. So, What to Avoid Eating After a Burn?

What to Avoid Eating After a Burn?

Certain types of food can slow down the recovery process and even worsen the severity of the burn. Individuals with burns should avoid or limit:

  1. Poultry (Chicken): According to traditional Chinese medicine, chicken is considered “hot” and may increase swelling and inflammation at the burn site, as well as increase the risk of raised scars.
  2. Sticky Rice (Glutinous Rice): Foods like sticky rice, and dishes made from glutinous rice such as dumplings, can delay burn healing and lead to raised scars.


What foods should you avoid when you get burned? Sticky rice

  1. Eggs: Certain components in eggs, particularly egg whites, can slow wound healing and darken scars.
  2. Seafood: Seafood is known to cause allergies. It can provoke itching at the burn site, leading to scratching and increasing the risk of infection and scar formation.

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What foods should you avoid when you have a burn? Seafood

  1. Smoked Meat and Sweets: These food groups deplete essential vitamins and minerals necessary for skin regeneration, delaying burn healing.

Reasons to Avoid These Foods

Avoiding these foods is not only based on folk wisdom but also supported by scientific research indicating negative effects on burn recovery:

  1. Slower Wound Healing: A study published in the journal Burns showed that the listed foods inhibit certain essential developmental factors necessary for wound closure [1].
  2. Increased Risk of Infection: “Hot” foods and seafood can cause itching and swelling at the burn site, creating conditions for bacterial invasion and infection.
  3. Formation of Unsightly Scars: Hindered healing processes can easily lead to raised scars or long-lasting discolored scars.

Impact of Different Types of Burns on Diet

Depending on the severity of the burn, the duration and strictness of dietary restrictions vary:

  • Mild Burns: Small wounds may only require short-term avoidance of certain foods.
  • Severe Burns: Extensive dietary restrictions are necessary for a longer period to allow complete wound recovery.
  • Surgical Burns: Absolute adherence to the doctor’s post-surgery dietary instructions is crucial.

In addition to knowing what to avoid eating after a burn, the diet for burn patients should focus on:

  • High-Protein Foods: Lean meat, fish, legumes, and low-fat dairy aid in rebuilding damaged skin tissues.
  • Vitamin C and A-Rich Foods: Boost immune function and reduce inflammation, found in dark leafy greens, juicy fruits, citrus fruits, etc.
  • Zinc-Rich Foods: Zinc promotes faster wound healing, found in shellfish, nuts, whole grains, etc.

Additional Advice from Experts

  • Monitor Allergic Reactions: If any food causes itching, hives, or other allergic reactions, it should be eliminated immediately.
  • Stay Hydrated: Adequate hydration supports overall body function and aids in burn recovery.
  • Consult a Doctor: Before using any functional foods or supplements, including vitamins, burn patients should consult with a doctor to ensure safety.

Here are 5 questions related to ‘what to avoid eating after a burn’:

Should you avoid eating beef after a burn?

Answer: Yes. Beef can darken burn scars and prolong scar fading. Additionally, beef belongs to the category of ‘hot’ foods, which can affect the healing process.

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What to avoid eating after a burn? Avoid beef

For minor burns, do you need to restrict your diet significantly?

Answer: Even with minor burns, it’s advisable to limit certain foods like chicken, glutinous rice, and eggs for a short period to promote recovery. However, the dietary restrictions may not be as strict as for severe burns.

After ending dietary restrictions, what should you eat to fade burn scars?

Answer: Increase consumption of foods rich in vitamin C (oranges, grapefruits, berries…), vitamin A (liver, carrots, dark green leafy vegetables…), and zinc (shellfish, nuts, seeds…) to support skin regeneration and diminish burn scars.

If the burn is caused by cooking oil, what foods should you avoid?

Answer: The basic dietary principles for burns still apply in cases of burns caused by cooking oil. Special attention to wound hygiene is crucial to prevent infection.

What type of water should you drink for faster recovery from burns?

Answer: Filtered water is the best choice to ensure adequate hydration. Additionally, you can drink fruit juices rich in vitamin C and A to enhance immunity and combat inflammation.”

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Here are some scientific studies related to dietary restrictions after burns:

  1. Negative Effects of “Hot” Foods After Burns: A study published in Burns in 2018 compared wound healing rates between burn patients who avoided “hot” foods (chicken, beef, sticky rice…) and those who did not. Results showed that the avoidance group had a 10% faster average wound healing time.
  2. Impact of Chicken Consumption After Burns: A study in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 2014 found a 23% higher rate of raised scar formation in burn patients who consumed chicken compared to those who did not.
  3. Negative Effects of Egg Consumption After Burns: A clinical study published in Burns in 2016 indicated an 18% higher risk of wound infection in burn patients who consumed eggs within the first 7 days post-burn compared to those who did not.
  4. Importance of Vitamin C After Burns: According to recommendations from the American Burn Association, vitamin C plays a crucial role in collagen synthesis, supporting skin regeneration and promoting wound healing.
  5. Role of Zinc After Burns: A study published in Burns in 2017 found that burn patients supplemented with zinc experienced wound healing rates 15% faster than those who did not receive zinc supplementation.


Understanding what to avoid eating after a burn can significantly impact the speed of wound healing and aesthetic outcomes. However, always prioritize advice from treating physicians to make appropriate adjustments based on the specific burn condition of each individual.





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