Minor, superficial or first degree burns are usually caused by the sun or from touching objects like stovetops or hot water. Common symptoms are pain, redness, and swelling.

If a minor burn covers a large area of the body, seek emergency care. If the burn wound covers a small area of the body, it may be treated at home by following the steps below:

Cool the Burned Area Down

Hold the burned area under cool running water for 10 to 15 minutes or apply a clean dampened towel to help ease the burning sensation.

Remove Jewellery and Restrictive Items

Remove any rings, jewellery, piercings, or other items that are around the burned area as soon as possible. It may be hard to remove jewelry later due to swelling.

Keep Blisters Intact

Do not break any blisters that form. If a blister accidentally breaks, clean the area with soap and water and apply a topical antibiotic. Cover broken blisters with a non-stick bandage.

Soothe the Skin

Applying a moisturizer or Aloe vera lotion may help provide temporary relief from discomfort associated with minor burns.

Monitor Severity of Burn

Consult a physician if a large blister develops or if you notice oozing, increased swelling, pain or redness.

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