How To Treat Minor Burns At Home
First-degree burns are very common and frequently occur after one accidentally touches something like a hot stove or oven, clothing iron, curling iron, hair straightener, etc. Sunburn can also be a first-degree burn. Unlike second- or third-degree burns, which are more severe, first-degree burns only involve the top layer of the skin. If you have a first-degree burn, your skin may be red and painful, and you may experience mild swelling. Second degree burns involve blister formation. Third degree burns involve the deep layers of the skin and should be treated by a doctor.
The following is a simple and effective guide on how to treat a minor burn at home –
- Get it wet: Run cool (not cold) water over the burned area and hold a cold compress on it until the pain lessens. Ice is not recommended.
- Cover it: Use a dry, sterile bandage or other dressing to shield the burned area from further harm. Antibiotic cream may be used before the bandage is applied.
- Relieve the pain: Any remaining pain from the burn can be treated with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs, like acetaminophen and ibuprofen.
- Check on your tetanus immunization: Even minor burns can lead to tetanus, a serious condition that causes the muscles in the body to tighten painfully. Adults should be immunized for tetanus once every 10 years. If the burn patient’s tetanus vaccination is not up to date, he or she should get a booster at the doctor’s office.
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