Getting a burn is one of the most common accidents in American households. Whether you are grilling or cooking something, a moment of negligence can ruin your day.
Most skin burns that people get in cooking accidents are not that threatening that they need to go to the doctors and spend a lot of money. Therefore, I decided to shed some light on this topic and inform you on what you can personally do and when it’s high time to call the emergency.
Follow the information presented bellow and always keep safe.
First-Degree Burn (superficial skin burn)
Only the outer layer of your skin is damaged. These types of skin burns heal within 7-10 days, usually without leaving any scarring.
The symptoms include:
- minor inflammation, or swelling
- dry, peeling skin occurs as the burn heals
Warning! You should seek medical attention if a large area of your skin is affected (larger than 3 inches) and if it is on the face or a major joint:
How to treat first-degree skin burn at home?
- Soak the affected area in cool water for at least five minutes.
- Remove all jewelry or clothes near the affected area.
- Apply Aloe Vera gel on the burn to soothe the skin and to help it heal faster.
- Protect the area with a loose gauze and change it regularly to avoid infection. If the gauze gets stuck on the burn, pour a bit of water on it and gently remove it.
- Never apply ice on a burn as it damages the skin and makes your symptoms worse;
- Cotton balls contain small fibers that can stick to the injury and it increases the risk of infection;
- Butter and eggs should NEVER be applied to a burned wound or any for that matter. They do not help in the healing process; they instead provide a perfect environment for the bacteria to prosper.
The damaging is more serious because it affects more than the outer layer of the skin. Because of this, blisters form.
Sometimes the blisters can pop giving the burn a wet appearance. Usually, this type of burn heals within three weeks without leaving scars (just a mild depigmentation of the skin).
What you should do:
- Place the affected area under cool water for at least 15 minutes;
- Apply antibiotic cream to blisters;
- Keep it bandaged to avoid infection;
- Avoid cotton balls, ice, and butter/ egg treatments as listed earlier.
Warning! You must urgently seek medical attention if the burnt area is larger and it’s present on the:
These are the most damaging to your skin and you shouldn’t try any home treatments. You must immediately call 911.
How can YOU recognize a third-degree burn?
- usually no pain (because the damage is so deep, there is nerve damage)
- waxy and white color
- dark brown color
- raised and leathery texture
- blisters that do not develop
What to do while you are waiting for professional help?
- Raise the injury above your heart.
- Make sure no clothing is stuck to the burn.
Being informed will, if not keep you out of harm’s way, at least provide you with a solution to salvage the situation.
Keep the information I have provided for you in mind and take action if the unpredictable happens.
To your health!