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Home Medical Treatment: How to Treat a Burn at Home

By Edited Mar 22, 2014 1 2

Which Degree Burn is the Worst?

Home Treatment of Burns

Ouch! Accidents happen fast.  Burns are a very dangerous home injury because the rate of infection is very high and the top concern when someone gets burned.  It takes a second to touch a   a hot pan, bump a coffee mug or get splashed with grease while cooking.  Are you prepared for home burn treatment if you or a family member has an accident?  Do you know how to treat a burn? Home burn treatment depends on the burn degree. Burns are categorized into degrees to identify severity.  Home burn treatment depends on the type, location, and severity of the burn. 

What are the Different Degrees of Burns?   

  • 1st Degree Burns -- A first degree burn is quite common, especially during summertime. You can think about first degree burns as something that burns the outer layer of your skin. A sunburn is a fairly good example of a first degree burn. This burns the epidermis, which is the outer layer of the skin. You can treat these burns at home.
  • 2nd Degree Burns -- A second degree burn is a burn that has gone through the dermis. The dermis is the first layer of your skin under the epidermis. Usually second degree burns include blisters. When you have a second degree burn the skin will grow back even though it will likely look really bad.
  • 3rd Degree Burns -- A third degree burn is a burn that has gone through both the layers of skin. These kinds of burns present as yellow. Third degrees burns cannot be treated at home and usually require thorough treatment like skin grafts. Third degree burns burn through the nerve tissue and cause a lot of pain. 

Home Medical Treatment: How to Treat a Burn at Home

A spilled cup of  hot coffee or tea can cause a third degree burn on skin in as little as five seconds. Scary. It is best then to know how to treat a burn at home to prevent burn infections and to prevent burn scarring. First of all you should not use ice because it is caustic and can actually burn the skin more. When you get a burn you should use a cold compress or use cool water. For at home medical treatment of a burn you should also avoid using cotton balls or gauze that will stick to the skin. If you use these then when you remove them the healing skin comes off with the gauze and it can leave pieces of cotton in your burn wound. You should always clean your burn before putting a non-stick piece of gauze of it.

Burn Remedy to Avoid - Butter on the Burned Skin:

Never put butter on a skin burn wound.  The butter on burns is an old home burn treatment remedy to avoid.  It developed because people frequently burn themselves on the stove, in the kitchen, and while cooking, but do not use that as a burn treatment. Safe home burn treatment remedies are cold water, non stick gauze, and Aloe Vera or triple antibiotic ointment.  Remember, home burn treatment does not apply to third degree burns.  Call paramedics immediately if you are badly burned or do not know how to identify burn degrees.

How to Prevent Getting Burned While Cooking - Home Cooking Safety Tips

Home burn prevention is better than needing at home burn treatment.  Be careful handling hot drinks or pans. Act fast if you do get burned and follow the above steps. It is important to take preventative measures against burns, such as facing the handle of the frying pan away from the outer edge of the stove where it can get knocked over, or by using the right type of tanning lotion for you skin. Home burns are often caused by forgetfulness and inattention.

Get immediate burn treatment or call 911 if you are burned on your face or hands.  Without immediate medical attention those burns can become permanent scars.  Third  degree burns require extensive treatment and can cause disfigurement since the burned tissue cannot grow back.  Follow at home burn treatment tips and use emergency medical treatment. Keep over the counter burn treatment at home in case of accidents.  Two good over-the-counter burn treatments are triple antibiotic ointment and Silvadene. Silvadene is a topical ointment for burns.

250 Piece First Aid Kit for Home and Outdoors $30

Be careful. Don't forget you can treat a burn at home with these easy tips, but always seek medical treatment if you are burned badly or get burned and feel sick.  Every home needs a first aid kit that includes gauze and burn cream, like the #1 selling Total Resources 250 piece first aid kit, especially if there are children in the home.  In addition, you should have a fire extinguisher in case of a fire.

Home Burn Treatment Tip - Sun Burns and Blisters

Do not pop burn blisters. Sun burns often cause first and second degree burns.  Blisters form with sun burns and other types of burns.  Never pop an intact blister because that raises the risk of infection in the wound.  Burns get infected easily which is part of what makes them so dangerous. Leave the blister popping or opening to a doctor because she can pop it sterily and provide infection treatment.  Infections are one of the number one dangers of burns.

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Comments

Feb 26, 2010 5:55pm
Renae_Phillips
So true about not popping a burn blister. Not only does it risk infection, it also hurts! Great article.
Mar 26, 2010 9:41am
kp3028
The first thing to reach for with a burn is cold water or ice. For serious burns the next thing to reach for is the phone, to call 911.
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