Soak the burn in cool water. Then treat it with a skin care product
like aloe vera cream or an antibiotic ointment. To protect the burned
area, you can put a dry gauze bandage over the burn. Take an
over-the-counter pain reliever, such as acetaminophen (one brand name:
Tylenol), ibuprofen (some brand names: Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (brand
name: Aleve), to help with the pain.
Soak the burn in cool water for 15 minutes. If the burned area is
small, put cool, clean, wet cloths on the burn for a few minutes every
day. Then put on an antibiotic cream, or other creams or ointments
prescribed by your doctor. Cover the burn with a dry nonstick dressing
(for example, Telfa) held in place with gauze or tape. Check with
your doctor's office to make sure you are up-to-date on tetanus shots.
Change the dressing every day. First, wash your hands with soap and
water. Then gently wash the burn and put antibiotic ointment on it. If the
burn area is small, a dressing may not be needed during the day. Check the
burn every day for signs of infection, such as increased pain, redness,
swelling or pus. If you see any of these signs, see your doctor right
away. To prevent infection, avoid breaking any blisters that form.
Burned skin itches as it heals. Keep your fingernails cut short and
don't scratch the burned skin. The burned area will be sensitive to
sunlight for up to one year.
For third-degree burns, go to the hospital right away. Don't take off
any clothing that is stuck to the burn. Don't soak the burn in water or
apply any ointment. You can cover the burn with a sterile bandage or clean
cloth until you receive medical assistance.