A Barbarian’s Guide: 4 Simple Steps to Treat a Minor Burn

Getting burns is a bitch. They are painful, and they are a common injury. You get burns for prolonged exposure to the Sun or coming in close contact with fire. They cause blisters, they itch, and they hurt like hell. It is so common and not that difficult to sustain that I decided to write about it. 

I always wanted to write a first aid guide. As a solo dad, I need to learn basic first aid. I would never know what could happen, and it pays to be well informed and ready. 

In my previous work, I was a health and safety officer. Workplace safety is my obligation. I have certificates in Basic Fire Fighting and First Aid.

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Recently, I was working with an emergency responder to refresh my First Aid abilities. 

There are three types of burn injuries, first, second, and third-degree. First-degree is superficial; it affects the top layer of the skin and could cause redness. Second-degree extends to the second layer of the skin and cause painful blisters. They are more painful than the first-degree and could take a week or more to heal. Third-degree burns are most severe and could cause the skin to turn black or white. 

For third-degree burns, chemical burns, and electrical burns, immediately seek help!

For minor burns, you can administer simple remedies with a few supplies. Here are the dos and don’ts:

Do:

  1. Run cool water over the affected area and cover with a damp towel for 10-15 mins. Do not use ice or cold water; this further damages the tissue.
  2. Gently clean the affected area with soap and water to avoid infection.
  3. Use a soothing moisturizer to the burned area. Aloe Vera gel or an antibiotic ointment is enough. Avoid lotions and creams that could irritate the skin.
  4. Take over-the-counter medicine like Tylenol to manage the pain.

Don’t

  1. If blisters form, avoid breaking the skin. It increases the likelihood of infection. If blisters break, apply an antibiotic ointment.
  2. When healing, avoid scratching the affected area. It can rip the skin and welcome infection. 

If it does not start to feel better after a few days, immediately contact a doctor.

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One thought on “A Barbarian’s Guide: 4 Simple Steps to Treat a Minor Burn

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  1. A little bit on this post, if I may add, Mr.A. I was always taught that with compresses, you should wring out the water out every 15-20 minutes and replace it with more cold water. Doing so keeps the compress (and therefore the burn) cool.

    Also, after applying an antibiotic ointment, a light, breathable dressing should be placed if there are blisters present. As should be common sense in first aid, it should be changed every day to prevent infections.

    As one final note, I was always taught that anything bigger than a diameter of 1 inch (2.5cm) should receive urgent medical treatment. Medical care should also be sought in the event of the patient developing shock.

    A great post Mr. A and great to see someone addressing something that can happen to us all 🙂

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