Minor Burns First Aid
You can perform your own first aid treatment for first- to second-degree burns (minor burns), provided that the affected area is not larger than 3 inches in diameter.
Minor Burns Treatment
1. Cooling the minor burn: Allow cold, running water to flow directly onto the burnt area for no less than five minutes. You can do this long until the pain eases a bit. If there is a lack of running water, you can get a container filled with cold water and submerge the burnt area of the body into the water. This will help reduce swelling caused by the burn. Avoid putting ice directly on the burnt skin.
2. Using a cotton gauze bandage, loosely wrap a clean cloth around the burnt skin. The idea of using this bandaging method is to keep air off of the burnt area, while also helping reduce the amount of swelling or pain.
3. In some cases, the pain that comes with burnt skin is intolerable; taking an anti-inflammatory medication might be your only resort. Generic types of pain killers recommended for minor burns include ibuprofen, aspirin, naproxen, acetaminophen, etc.
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