Basic First Aid for Burns
Steps to Minimize the Impact on Minor Burns
Burns are painful, but they can be prevented and treated if you know what to do. If you or a friend or family member has experienced a major burn, the first thing to do is to call 911. However, for more minor burns, there are a few easy steps to help minimize the impact of the burn.
Remove all jewelry and clothing from the burn area.
While it's important to keep the burn area clean, you should also remove all jewelry and clothing from it. This will allow for easier cleaning and evaluation of the area. If the burn is on your face, remove any glasses or contact lenses that might be affected by water. If you have an injury on your hands or feet, take off any rings or watches.
Flush the burned area under running water for at least 20 minutes.
The best way to clean a burn is to flush it with water. The water should be as hot as possible without causing further damage. Do not apply ice or cold water, as this will only worsen the injury by causing pain and swelling. If you can do so, run the tap at full force for 20 minutes or longer if necessary.
If the burn blisters, leave it alone.
One of the worst things you can do is pop a burn blister. The fluid inside the blister is filled with white blood cells and they help your skin heal faster. If you pop it, those white blood cells leak out, making your skin take longer to heal and making it more likely that scarring will occur.
If the burn area has blisters, don't rub them or apply any ointments or creams. This can increase swelling around the burns and make them more painful. You should also avoid using ice or cold water on burns because it could damage tissue underneath the burned area by chilling it too quickly (this will make healing take longer). Finally, if there are blisters present on your burn: don't try covering them with a bandage because this increases friction between the bandage and injured body parts.
If any signs of infection develop, seek medical attention immediately.
If any signs of infection develop, seek medical attention immediately. Signs of infection include redness, swelling, pain or tenderness at the burn site and pus-like drainage. Infection can lead to sepsis (blood poisoning) if left untreated and should be treated by a doctor as soon as possible.
Burns result in a lot of pain and can easily become worse, so it's important to know what to do in case of an accident.
Burns can be painful and dangerous, so it's important to know what to do in case of an accident.
A burn is caused by the contact with heat or fire and results in a lot of pain. It can also become worse over time because burns can easily become infected, lead to scarring, or cause shock.
Burns are one of the most common injuries, and they can be very serious if left untreated. If you ever have a burn, make sure to follow these guidelines to minimize the damage and improve your chances of full recovery.