Lifestyle and home remediesBy Mayo Clinic staff
To treat first-degree burns and small second-degree burns, follow these steps:
- Cool the burn. Run cool tap water over the burn or put the burned areas in room-temperature water for 15 to 30 minutes. Don't use ice or ice water. Putting ice directly on a burn can cause further damage to the wound.
- Clean the wound. Use mild soap and tap water to wash the injury. Gently remove any loose bits of debris in the wound. If blisters are intact, don't break them.
- Apply a lotion or moisturizer. Try anesthetic cream or aloe gel to soothe the area and prevent dryness.
- Cover the burn. Wrap a sterile gauze bandage loosely to avoid putting too much pressure on the burn.
- Take pain relievers. Over-the-counter pain relievers include ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others), naproxen (Aleve) and acetaminophen (Tylenol, others).
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