*While we can provide information about treating burns, know that your medical provider will provide the best advice. If you have questions about your recovery and treatment, we’d advise you to contact them.
It is crucial that these injuries are treated correctly. Burns are unique, and even each type of burn has certain ways of treating them.
Before you should treat the burn you should figure out what kind of burn it is. It is also important that you listen to your doctors.
If you are not the one who suffered the burn, but it is your loved one, try to keep them calm.
When should you contact someone?
We’re so accustomed to thinking that burns are run-of-the-mill, every day injuries. However, you should call for help:
- If the burn is larger than your palm
- If the burn is a third degree (see the criteria for third degree burns)
- If you’re unsure of how serious the burn actually is.
- If the burn was caused by a chemical or electricity
- If the burn victim is showing signs of shock.
If the skin is unbroken..
- Run cool water on the burn.
- If they are in pain, take over the counter ibuprofen.
- You can also use moisturizing lotion for burns where the skin is in tact.
Second degree burns…
- Can be soaked in water
- Can have aloe applied to them
- Can also have antibiotic ointments applied to them. Be careful which ones you apply, though. Check with your doctor beforehand.
For major burns…
- You can pour water on them but not cold water.
- Whatever you do, do not remove burned clothing that is stuck to the skin
- Do not put butter, ointment, medications, cream, or ice to any severe burn.
- Also do not blow air on the burn.
- Don’t put the severe burn in cold water. This could cause shock.