YOU’VE BEEN BURNED, NOW WHAT?
HOW TO TREAT MINOR 1ST AND 2ND DEGREE BURNS
Cool it off- Immerse in “cool” water to decrease heat and swelling.
Cover with bandages:
- This keeps air and dirt away from the injury.
- Don’t use cotton or any material that may cause fragments or lint to stick to the injured area.
Take an over the counter pain reliever such as NSAID’s (ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and naproxen). This will ease pain and reduce inflammation.
Watch the area for signs of infection (Redness, Fever, Increased Swelling or Pain) or contact a doctor immediately if you suspect infection.
HOW TO TREAT MINOR 3RD AND 4TH DEGREE BURNS
Never attempt to self-treat a third-degree or fourth-degree burn. CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY. While you’re waiting for medical treatment, raise the injury above your heart. Don’t get undressed, but make sure no clothing is stuck to the burn.