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:
- Remove all kinds of jewelry surrounding the wound.
- 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.
- 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.
- After cleaning the area, you should apply antibiotic ointment, and cover the wound with a bandage.
- 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.