What do I do for a Burn?

What do you do when you, or someone you love, burns themselves? Whether it’s a curling iron, something hot from the stove, BBQ or you spill your coffee or hot tea, you should know what to do right away and the days of healing ahead.

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Here are some tips from the Woodbury Medical Group on how to handle a burn:

When to seek medical care?

  • The palm of the hand represents about one percent of the body surface area. If a burn (or any combination of multiple burns) is larger than one percent, seek medical care right away.
  • If the skin blisters then it is more than a first degree burn and you should go to an urgent care or see a medical professional immediately. A cool wet towel or ice pack (with a towel in-between the burn and ice) may provide some relief, but the burn victim should still see a health professional.
  • Do NOT rip off clothing that is stuck to the burned skin site. Leave it in place and seek medical care.

How to treat a burn?

  • Most first and even some second-degree burns can be managed at home by applying an icepack for a few minutes, followed by a burn dressing: an over the counter antibiotic ointment and a clean bandage.
  • If grease or another sticky, hot substance (melted plastic comes to mind) is attached to the skin, it should be gently wiped off immediately and then rinsed with cool running water.
  • Keep burns clean while they heal with simple soap and water and antibiotic ointment. If blisters do develop, do NOT pop them.
  • Take off all rings, belts, shoes or tight clothing at the burn site, before swelling can occur.
  • Do NOT apply butter or oils to burns.

How bad is your burn?

1st, 2nd & 3rd Degree BurnsFirst-degree burns, the least serious, are those where only the outer layer of skin turns red. There may be some swelling and pain. A first-degree burn is usually considered a minor burn unless it involves substantial parts of the extremities, the groin, buttocks or a large joint area. To treat minor burns, hold the burn under cool running water for about 15 minutes or immerse the burn in cool water or use a cool cloth. Cover the burn with a loose, sterile gauze bandage.

Second-degree burns occur when the first layer of skin has been burned through and the second layer is injured. The skin blisters, turning very red and splotchy. The victim will suffer severe pain and swelling. Consult a health care provider immediately.

Third-degree burns are life-threatening, even if the area seems small. All tissue including muscle and bone may be damaged. Shock may set in and breathing may be impaired. Call 911or emergency medical assistance immediately.”

Once your burned area has formed a scab, or the blister is no longer fluid filled, and healing is commencing without infection, you can use the following to promote further healing and reduce scarring:

Treating the Scar

  • Vitamin E Oil – you can purchase the free oil, or use the “football” capsules, making a pinhole and squeezing the oil out onto the scabbed over burn, doing so two or three times a day.
  • PRS Next – is a Super Serum with many nutrients that promote healing and reduce scarring.

Burns take time to heal and can be very painful in the first few days, with fragile skin once the scabbing has begun. You may want to keep it covered until the area is no longer tender and the scab is strong enough to be left open without a covering.

About Candace

Candy Dye is a Nurse Practitioner and teacher that loves everything about health, wellness, looking beautiful, and being with people who enjoy life and love to have fun!

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