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Tips to Treat Minor Burns

No matter how careful we try to be while cooking, working or playing, sometimes accidents happen that result in painful first-degree burns. Fortunately, minor burns can be treated at home by doing the following:

Assess the Burn

Assess the Burn

  • First-degree burns are painful but minor. They turn red and may swell but you can treat them at home.
  • Second-degree burns can form blisters. The skin may be very red and painful.
  • Third-degree burns are the most serious burns, and burned areas may be charred black or white. The burns may not hurt because nerves have been damaged.
  • Call 911 or emergency medical help for major burns.
Cool the Burn

Cool the Burn

  • For minor/first-degree burns, run the area under cool water or apply a cool compress for 15 minutes to reduce swelling and ease pain.
Leave Blisters Alone

Leave Blisters Alone

  • Don't break small blisters. If blisters break, gently clean the area with soap and water, apply an antibiotic ointment and cover it with a bandage.
Relieve the Pain

Relieve the Pain

  • For painful minor burns try Solarcaine® cooling Aloe Spray or Gel.Use as directed.
  • If needed, consider an over-the-counter pain reliever.
Consult Your Doctor

Consult Your Doctor

  • If you develop large blisters
  • If the burn covers a large area of the body
  • If you notice signs of infection such as oozing from the wound and increased pain, redness and swelling.