Treating minor burns: First Aid

Run through cool water

Burns are common occurrences, especially at home. Burns can be caused by hot liquids, steam, electricity..e.t.c. Most burns are kitchen related injuries. Treating minor burns properly and promptly can aid in the healing process. Although, major burns need emergency medical help, minor burns can be treated with the aid of basic first aid. 

Note: Minor burns affect only the outer layer of the skin. Call 09155556030, 09155556040 for major burns.

Treating minor burns

  1. Cool the burn: Hold the affected area under cool (not cold) running water for about 10-15 minutes. For a face burn, apply a cool wet cloth to the area until the pain subsides. Do not apply ice to a skin burn as it can worsen it.
  2. Remove tight items: remove jewelry or tight clothing around the burn area quickly and gently
  3. Do not break  blisters on the burn.
  4. Apply lotion: After the burn is cool, apply a lotion with aloe vera or cocoa butter. This prevents drying and relief.
  5. Cover with clean cloth: Cover the burn with an adhesive bandage or clean cloth. Wrap it loosely around the affected area.

When to seek medical attention:

  1. Burns larger than 3 inches in diameter
  2. Burns caused by chemicals or electricity
  3. Burns deeper than the outer layer of the skin.

Remember to seek medical help in extreme cases. 

Emergency help lines: 09155556030, 09155556040.