Any burn is damaging to the skin. Severe burn injuries need immediate professional medical attention, but minor burns can be treated at home with first aid.
- Run cool water over the burn.
- Soak the burned area in cool water for at least five minutes. Do not use ice water, which can further damage the skin.
- If you cannot soak the burn, cover it with a clean, cool, wet cloth for at least five minutes.
- After cooling the burn, wrap it with a sterile bandage. You can soothe the burn with a thin layer of ointment, but be aware that antibiotic ointments may cause an allergic reaction.
- Over the counter medications, such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or aspirin can be taken to relieve pain.
Even minor burns can swell, blister, and even scar. It is always a good idea to seek medical attention for a burn if it was caused by a fire, electrical wire, or chemicals and if it is larger than a couple of inches or if it is in a sensitive area.
At The Gilbert Law Group®, our burn injury attorneys are dedicated to helping victims of severe burn injuries recover the damages they need and the justice they deserve. If you or your child has been severely burned in an accident or because of a faulty product, call us today at (303) 431-1111 for your consultation.