Do You Know How To Properly Treat A Burn?
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 Burns
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.
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
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