Burns can be a very painful injury to sustsain regardless of how tough you are. They are also an injury that usually sticks around for a little while. There are a few things that you can do to ease the pain of a burn. If you have experienced a serious burn you should seek medical attention right away. Call your doctor or nearest medical facility if you expeience a third degree burn. You cannot treat a serious burn at home without putting yourself at risk for infection.
- Cold Water– As soon as you sustain the burn you should immediately run cold water over the area. If you have experienced a serious burn, you should immediately seek medical attention. Cold water is only for minor burns. The coldness of the water will take away some of the pain, even if it is just for a moment. You should not put ice on a burn.
- Apply A Cold Compress– You can use a cold or cool compress to take some of the sting and pain out of the burn. Be sure that it is not a freezing icy compress. Ice will simply stick to the skin causing any even worse problem. The cold compress can allow the swelling to go down as well. The coldness of the compress will provide you with some relief from the pain of the burn as well.
- Take Pain Medication– Taking over the counter pain medication can take some of the pain out of your burn. You can choose either acetophimen or ibprofen. You can switch off in between the two to ensure that your pain does not become immune to a specific type of medication. You can find these medications at your local drug store, pharmacy, or grocery store.
- Apply A Topical Antibiotic Cream- You should apply a topical antibiotic ointment to your wound. You should then cover it with a band aid to prevent infection. If a blister occurs with your burn you should not pop it. You should let the blister run it’s course. Once the blister has popped you should keep lathering the area with antibiotic cream and keep it covered with a bandage.
- Use Common Sense– You can consume more meats to help improve your healing rate. You should also be sure not to put anything warm or hot near your burn. When taking a shower or both you should be sure not to get any soap or hot water near your burn. Get plenty of rest and make sure that you drink plenty of fluids to ensure that you heal more quickly. Do not expose your burn to directly sunlight until it has properly healed. Depending on the degree of the burn, burns can take a long time to heal.
- Keep The Wound Moist– It is important that you keep your burn injury as moist as possible. This can be done with either antibiotic ointment or it can be done with petroluem jelly. The choice is left up to you.