How to Treat a Minor Burn





Introduction: How to Treat a Minor Burn

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Ever burn yourself preforming everyday tasks around the house or working with tools? Never fear! This instructable will show you how to properly treat those everyday minor burns. A first obsessive instructable. Simple and useful for all of your instructable project mishaps. You might say its a common "Burning" question! Feel free to watch the video, but read the step-by-step to get more helpful and detailed instructions. Enjoy.

Step 1: Identify Your Burn

First degree burns:

A minor burn. Only outer layer of skin is damaged.


-Possibly Swollen

Second degree burns:

A moderately serious burn. More than one layer of skin is damaged.


-Blotchy in appearance
-Very painful
-Blistered at burn area

Third degree burns:

Extremely serious burn. All layers of skin are damaged, seek medical attention asap.


-Possibly little to no pain due to damaged nerves!
-Charred around burn area

Step 2: Identifying Treatment

First and second degree burns can be easily treated at home.
Depending on the severity of your second degree burn, you may or may not want to treat it yourself. If you experience a second degree burn on your face or joints, its recommended you seek medical attention. Anything less, and this instructable is for you.

Step 3: Step One

By now you have identified your burn, and are ready to treat it. Begin by running your hand under cold water for 5 - 10 minutes. You may use ice, or simply submerge your hand instead, but if you decide to use ice, do not make direct contact to the burn with the ice. At this time the tissue is tender, and you risk developing frostbite.

Step 4: Step Two

Find some lotion, and apply to the burn after air-drying. This will moisten the burn, and prevent irritation or infection. Rub it in well until absorbed. Do not dry it with tissue. At this time, your burn may begin develop a pus-filled blister such as mine had, and it is best you keep it in tact and free of unnecessary pressure.

Step 5: Step Three

You will now want to find some Gauze. When doing so consider using medicated gauze if you have it on hand. This will help keep your burn moist, as well as prevent it from sticking to the gauze. If you use standard gauze such as I used, make sure it has a non-stick lining.

Step 6: Step Four: Wrap It Up!

Tape your gauze with medical tape or any tape you can find lying around. Its best to wrap it loosely so blisters can develop and skin can heal properly. Once wrapped you're done! Congratulations. You now know how to properly treat a minor burn at home.

Step 7: Next Day Results?

As you can see, its beginning to heal up. There is some slight discoloration in the center of the burn where pus has built up. (Feel free to wipe away the pus if you can)So there you have it; treated and healing nicely. Hoped you enjoyed this instructable. Don't forget to rate!

Step 8: An Extra Reference:

You can also treat yourself with a plant grown at home! The Aloe plant is a common house plant that lives year round, and contains an inner-pulp with many historical uses; but is most commonly used today to treat skin discomforts. It is a very convenient and attractive plant. If you ever have a burn, just snap off some aloe and apply! They're sold at any plant vendor or plant store. Enjoy.


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    DO NOT USE GAUZE FOR A THIRD DEGREE BURN!! verry important. I work on a fastfood- burn happen every day. when you have a third degree burn, put some cold water on it, then apply two product. a product wich will desinfect the burn, then a product wich will protect it. i recommand mercurochrome to desinfect. then polysporin or skinshield to protect it. if you have a larger burn(let say around 1inch and more), go to the urgence!

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    if your getting third degree burns every day at work, i'd advise you to change jobs....


    why? my skin become stronger :D and i dont want to leave my job;)

    then i dont think its third degree burns your getting.. because youd probably have no hands left if you kept getting third degree burns on them >.< be 2 stumps of black burnt skin.


    put your finger on a 400F grill for 1-2 secondes and let talk again about it.

    i touched a 425C (700-750ish F) and it hurt. it was only a 1st degree burn (hopefully)

    if your finger touches a 400 degree grill for 1-2 seconds it wouldnt be a third degree burn. wiki says "Third-degree burns occur when most of the epidermis is lost with damage to underlying ligaments, tendons and muscle. Burn victims will exhibit charring of the skin, and sometimes hard eschars will be present. An eschar is a scab that has separated from the unaffected part of the body. These types of burns are often considered painless, because nerve endings have been destroyed in the burned area. Hair follicles and sweat glands may also be lost due to complete destruction of the dermis. Third degree burns result in scarring and may be fatal if the affected area is significantly large. If extensive enough, it can increase the risk of infection, including bacterial, and can result in death." your burn would be probably not even a 2nd degree. lets talk about it again when you do some research.


    -Possibly little to no pain due to damaged nerves! -Charred around burn area Like his instructable say, third degree burn. if your not happy, do the last step!

    This instructable isn't directed towards treating a third degree burn! If you're suffering from one, I tell you in the identifying your burn section that you should simply seek medical attention. But for some reason I feel a 1-2 second 400 degree stove burn wouldn't quite make it to third degree. You may have experienced a numbing sensation due to damaged nerves, yes, but in most cases a third degree burn will destroy multiple layers of your skin, sometimes (Though rarely) even revealing bone and deep flesh in addition to its charred condition.


    i a day i burn myself and i see my bone, ill CRY.

    mercurochrome? seriously? that stuff was banned in the 80's. just use an over-the-counter antibiotic cream. on another note, if your dressing does get stuck to a wound, soak a (clean) rag in some warm water and place it over the dressing for a while. it will loosen the gauze's grip on your flesh.


    mercurochrome is 2$ ay my local drug shop.. Im in canada, too.

    must be a different product under the same name- the old stuff had mercury in it. I don't think the canadian government would be cool with people selling that for use on wounds.


    I don't see mercure on the ingredient list. Do you want me to scan it? the product is red/transârent. and it hurt as hell when you put it on your wounds. your skin stay red until you wash it.

    Sounds like the Aus product Betadine

    like I said, they probably don't put mercury in it anymore.

    lol, i began with elektronics a while ago, and now, i already know this stuff, but it could have come handy in the beginning, when i wasnt that able with a 450 degrees celsius soldering iron as i am now XD

    nice instructable!

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    lol that's what just happened to me.

    helping hands are really useful when soldering. i could use some to avoid the burn as i was holding wire, soldering iron, and solder with 2 hands.

    memories... when i started electronics, i never finished a soldering job without having a burn.

    I use this cream to treat my burns.