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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.