Intro: How to Treat a Minor Burn
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.
Second degree burns:
A moderately serious burn. More than one layer of skin is damaged.
-Blotchy in appearance
-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.
Step 9: THE LAST RESORT!
If all else fails, there is only one solution...
(I hold no liability for your poor decision making skills)