In a minor burn, commonly known as 1st degree burns, the superficial or the uppermost layer of the skin is affected. It is characterized by redness, tenderness, pain and swelling. It can be caused due to heat, radiation, electrical mishap or some chemicals. Depending upon the severity of the burn, at times, the internal organs can also be effected
- When you get a burn, immediately dip or splash the affected area with cold water.
- Keep the affected area under running water for 10 minutes or use compresses. This will help to reduce the pain and swelling.
- Do not use ice on the affected area.
- Avoid direct contact with the affected area. Instead cover it with a cloth to keep away the infections
- If the burn covers your hands, feet, face, groin, buttocks, a major joint or large area of the body, make sure you see a doctor immediately.
- In case the burnt area gets infected, it may form a blister. Make sure you see a doctor before the infection gets worse.
- The treatment for burns depends on the type and extent of the burn.
- Most minor burns can be treated at home with over-the-counter products.
- For instant relief, you can apply fresh aloe vera pulp or an aloe vera cream on the affected area.
- Use topical antibiotics. It will help to keep the area moist, prevent infection and reduce pain.
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