Minor burns are a painful part of life that occur on a frequent basis. Although serious burns should be given professional medical attention, first degree burns are easily treated at home with some basic but effective methods.
Second and third degree burns will cause a lot of redness, swelling and significant pain. Any burn that meets this description should be given medical attention immediately. If you want to treat burns then follow these simple yet effective guidelines for some help.
- cold water
- gauze bandage
- pain killer (if needed)
Cold Water First
As soon as you are burnt, you should hold the area under cold running water for 10-15 minutes. If running water is not available, dip the burnt area in cold water for the same amount of time. You might want to use your bathtub if you have one. This provides some decent water pressure and also enough space for you get cold water where you need it on any particular part of your body.
Once the 10-15 minutes has passed, gently pat the area dry. Apply a moisturiser or honey to the burnt area. This will prevent the area from drying and cracking which will cause more pain and damage down the line. The honey and the moisturiser will provide a nice soothing effect that will definitely help the burn area on the body feel better. Honey is a natural antiseptic and moisturiser that will help your body heal.
Once you have applied a topical moisturiser, wrap the area with a sterile gauze bandage. Be sure to wrap the area loosely, as a tight wrapping will cause more harm than good by putting pressure on the wound. Take your time while wrapping a bandage on the burned area. It should be secure but not overly tight that it causes any discomfort.
Let Blisters Be
If your burn starts to blister, do not panic. This is your body fighting infection and is often part of the healing process. Clean the effected area with cold water and mild soap, pat dry and wrap with sterile gauze bandage.
Do not pop blisters as it can be painful and prevent the area from healing quickly.
Get Professional Help
If the blisters do not get better or you are feeling some sort of pain then be sure to contact your doctor and have him or her take a look at the burned area. They are in a much better position to give you the proper treatment as you might have assessed your burn as being less serious than it actually is.