Accidents and emergencies are part of life. If you’re better prepared for them, your responses in emergency situation can significantly reduce the damage and improve the recovery process. The burning sensation experienced when a hot beverage is spilled on our skin is excruciating. Such burns are minor but the pain is nothing less than one experienced due to a major burn. Minor burns don’t require a visit to the emergency room. They heal by themselves only. So, simple first aid and home treatment will do to cure minor burns. However, you can still get your condition evaluated by a doctor, if you want speedy recovery.
First Aids For Treating Minor Burns
- The first thing to do is immediately cool the affected area. You can either dab a cold sponge, cloth on the burn or place the burned area under a running tap for few minutes. A sponge is better than a wet towel, as a wet towel will warm up when placed on the skin.
- Make sure the water is not too cold and avoid using ice because it will leave your skin damaged and scarred
- For preventing the occurrence of swelling, try keeping the burned part elevated, especially if you’ve burned your leg or arm.
- If any clothing or cloth is not stuck to the skin, then remove the remaining clothing. However, make sure that nothing is pulled off from the burnt area; else, the situation will worsen.
- Avoid applying any kind of ointment or cream on the burn, unless and until recommended by a doctor.
- You can ask your doctor to prescribe medicines that are available as over-the-counter medicines, for easing the burning sensation and aches. You can also use ibuprofen or paracetamol for easing the pain but do keep in mind to seek professional advice prior to using either of these.
- Burns causes our skin to swell or get inflamed. You might start noticing the appearance of few blisters too. These blisters should not be pricked. Don’t even try to burst them. If you happen to burst them, the pain will increase and healing process will get delayed.
Cover the burned area in a light manner that with the help of a plastic bag, cling film or a piece of wet cloth. Doing so will help in protecting your skin from any kind of infection or irritation. However, don’t wrap around the cling film or whatever you are using on your skin.
If the burned area is large or continues to redden then visit the doctor immediately.
There are few home remedies that you can try out for treating minor burns. For example apply flour for easing the burning sensation or even dab toothpaste if the burned area is small in size. These will help in cooling it down for sometime and give instant relief.