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Do You Know How To Properly Treat A Burn? Burn Unit

Burns are among the most painful of injuries, and even a relative minor burn will hurt more than its relatively small size would suggest.  Most household burns occur in the kitchen when someone grabs a hot saucepan without protection or you accidentally brush against a hot rack while putting something in the oven.  Wood burning stoves can also give a burn if brushed against or when stoking if heat proof gloves are not worn.  Basically, any time you have combustion, there is the possibility of a burn occurring.

The Kinds Of BurnsDo you know how to prperly Treat A Burn

Burns are divided into three categories: first, second, and third degree burn

      First degree burns are probably the most common and these will only involve the upper layer of the skin, the epidermis.  When you get a first degree burn the skin will be reddened, and it will hurt, but the skin has not been broken.

·         Second degree burns have resulted in the epidermal layer being burned off.  The next layer of the skin, the dermis, will be red, and there will be blisters and swelling.  These burns are even more painful than first degree. Make sure to have a SMART ONE Unit Burn Kit to better prepare you and your family.

·         Third degree burns have chewed right through both the epidermis and dermis to the tissue beneath.  There will be no pain (initially) with this kind of burn, and the area will be white or blackened.

The only type of burn that can be treated at home is the first degree burn, second degree burns can be treated at a doctor’s office or hospital, while third degree burns require emergency room care.  The only thing to be done with second and third degree burns is to cover them with a moist, sterile gauze pad while arranging for treatment.

How To Treat A First Degree Burn

The first thing to do when dealing with a minor burn is to immerse the burned area in cold water.  This will help to cool down the area and also make it less painful.  Do not put ice on the burn, it will only lead to tissue damage.  Do not put butter or petroleum jelly on the burn, these will only hold the heat in. 

Once the burn has been cooled off, you can place a sterile gauze pad loosely over it to protect it from bumps and scrapes.  Do not seal it off as air will help the healing process.

Several Products Meant For Burns

There are several products made specifically to help take care of minor burns, and either of them would be a great addition to your first aid chest or kit.137 First Aid Kit

Water Gel Burn Gel is an excellent product for treating minor burns.  The gel is sterile and anti-microbial and will actually stop the pain of a burn almost instantly in most cases.  It will usually stop blisters from forming and is useful not only for kitchen burns but also for severe sunburn.

Another fine product is 2nd Skin Moist Burn Pads which also work to reduce or eliminate burn pain and promote healing.  Generally the burn will be healed by the next day.