Burn First Aid
Burn first aid: what are some different types of burns? How do you help them?
Burns can range from anything from light burns in your kitchen to life-threatening, third-degree burns. There’s no doubt they can be serious. Hundreds of people die from burn injuries each year. But you need to know how to treat burns. Smaller burns can be treated at home; with larger, more serious burns, you should seek professional medical treatment. This guide is to be used in emergency situations only. If you have serious burns, be sure to talk or visit your doctor. Here are some different types of burns and how to heal them.
• First-degree burns are the most typical of burns. They become bright red and are incredibly painful. But they don’t blister. These burns you can likely treat yourself at home.
• Second-degree burns turn red and are amazingly painful. With second-degree burns, you’ll notice swelling and some blistering.
• Third-degree burns turn red and are deep in your skin. Pain is very severe (if the burns haven’t gone deep enough to destroy your nerves) and the skin not only turns red, but either white or black, too. You’ll notice severe swelling and blistering.
• Never put butter or ice on a burn, contrary to popular misconception. Instead, you should soak your burn in cold water. You can do this either by putting it under the faucet and running cold water over it or by submersing a cloth in cold water and holding it on your burn.
• Put some antibiotic cream or medicine on the burn liberally. Be gentle; rubbing anything on the burn will be painful. Then put a sterile bandage on the burned area.
• Remove all clothing, jewelry and anything tight that may constrict the area around the burn.