The first thing to do when you get burned is cooling off the skin. Run immediately towards the closest tap and place the burned area under cold running water so that the heat dissipates and it stops burning the skin. Then, check the damage.
If the injured area is red and painful, you are likely to have a minor burn. Most of the burns that happen at home are minor burns, i.e., burns that damage the top layers of the skin (mainly first-degree burns). If the burn is more serious, you should seek medical attention after the first aid.
If a burn is not too serious, it does not usually need medical attention. What it does need is quick action, especially those caused by boiling water and oil. The sooner you run cool water over the burn, the greater the effect will be. Once the injured area has been cooled, apply a home remedy. It will help relieve the pain and heal the injury.
- Don’t use cotton or other material that may get lint in the burn.
- Don’t break the blisters, as its easier to get an infection.
- Don’t use ice, as it may cause further damage.
- Don’t apply egg whites, butter or ointments on the burn because these products may infect it.