Treating Minor Burns
Burn injuries occur relatively often in the average American home. Whether they are caused by touching a hot pan or a curling iron, minor burns can be easily remedied with the help of a few household items. The following tips are not intended to substitute for the advice or care of a medical professional. If you have sustained serious burns, or burns that take up a large portion of your body, seek emergency assistance immediately.
If you or someone you know has suffered from a burn injury that was caused by another party’s negligence or recklessness, they may be liable for your damages. Contact our Oklahoma burn injury attorneys at the Abel Law Firm to discuss your grounds for filing a claim. Call (405) 239-7046 today to schedule a free case evaluation.
When your skin comes into contact with an exceptionally hot surface, you will likely suffer from a minor burn injury. When this occurs, you should:
- Immediately remove the source of heat
- Place the burn injury under cool water to decrease. Failure to cool off the skin will result in a more serious injury, as your skin will continue to “cook” otherwise.
- Avoid very cold water or ice. While you might want to get the coldest treatment possible, immediately applying very cold water can actually shock the burned cells and cause lasting damage.
- Apply Aloe Vera, if accessible. This is a common remedy for burns, including sunburns. Calendula oil or mustard can also help ease pain
Once the pain has subsided, apply a topical antibiotic ointment to prevent infection. Minor burns should heal in one to two weeks. If pain worsens, consult a healthcare provider immediately.