Treating Minor Burns At Home

Minor burns, which usually include first and second degree burns can be treated at home, if they involve only a small part of the body, not larger than a couple of inches. Here’s how:

  1. Remove all kinds of jewelry surrounding the wound.
  2. Soak the burn area in cool water for a couple of minutes. Don’t use ice. Cold water will help remove the heat and ease the pain.
  3. Though it is common to use butter as first-aid remedy, it is not recommended to do so as it could cause permanent damage to the skin.
  4. After cleaning the area, you should apply antibiotic ointment, and cover the wound with a bandage.
  5. Taking an over the counter pain reliever can also help to ease the pain.

First and second degree burns can happen around the house or outside. They usually heal in a few days but you should always watch for infection, swelling or fever. Remember to get medical help if any side effects occur or if the burn is in a sensitive area such as hands, feet, gentiles, or joints.

It’s always to be prepared for any burn emergency with burn kits which include dressings, wraps, blankets and Burn Jel.

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