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Treating Light Burns
Wednesday, April 3, 2019

First degree burns only affect the top-layer of the skin, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t extremely painful and that you can delay or forgo treatment. Some are still severe enough that you will need professional medical treatment, but here are some ways to reduce the effects of small burns.

  • Use cool – not cold – water

    If you’ve ever been subjected to cold water, you know that the body reacts with pain signals and it’s extremely uncomfortable – this is why you shouldn’t treat a burn area with cold water. It may seem counter-intuitive, but cool water will still help relieve the pain without adding more. If cool running water isn’t available, use a compress instead. Do NOT apply ice to the burn. It decreases vital circulation and can actually worsen the damage!

  • Protect the burn area

    It’s important to make sure the burn area is sufficiently and properly protected from further injury or agitation. Covering the burn with a dry gauze dressing is recommended so adhesives don’t irritate the area further, and we don’t recommend using butter or ointments as this can lead to infection.

  • Treat the pain

    The pain can still linger for quite a while, so using over-the-counter pain-relievers can help alleviate pain while it heals.

If the redness and or pain lasts more than a few hours, you see signs of infection, or if the burn is worse than first-degree, you should seek medical attention. Doctors’ Urgent Care has multiple locations that are capable of handling mild to moderate burns.



 

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