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How-to Treat a Burn - First Aid Tips

By Edited Jun 15, 2015 1 2

Burnt Finger
Treating Burns - First Aid

Since your skin is your first major line of defense in your immune system and the largest organ in the human body, burns can be extremely serious and can have major implications if not treated properly. If your burn is severe, you should call an ambulance or go to the hospital immediately to get treated.

If you burn yourself, you should immediately run your burn under cold water for several minutes. If you have help on the way, continue running cold water on the burn until they get there to pick you up. This will stop your skin from burning beyond the damage you have already incurred.

While finger burns tend to not be that serious, if you've burnt your face, hands, feet or genitalia you need emergency assistance and should call 911 right away.

Check for charring, if you have any charring it means that your burn has gone beyond the first layer of skin and has affected all three layers of skin. You should seek medical attention immediately if charring has occurred.

If your skin is slightly reddened but there is no blister you most likely have a mild burn. You can apply some Aloe Vera gel or other topical burn ointment to help reduce the pain.

Take Ibuprofen as needed to help the reduction of swelling and to aid in pain relief. If the pain persists, see a doctor to get prescribed a stronger pain killer.


Sep 6, 2009 3:28pm
Good tips. Aloe Vera is one of my favorite remedies.
Sep 6, 2009 10:18pm
Yes, Aloe Vera Gel works magic on Burns.
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