How do you treat a burn?

United States
September 30, 2008 9:02am CST
I just went to make a cup of coffee and I touched the burner , it gave me a nice blister , so here I am . What are some good ways to treat a burn? I have heard many stories and remedies over the years . How do you do it?
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@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
30 Sep 08
Oh no poor you!!!! I am no first aider but I was always told that for burns you have to run them under cold water for at LEAST TEN minutes! Even if the burn has stopped hurting, never apply any lotion, ointment or oil to a burn or a scald, afterwards cover the burn with a clean non-stick dressing to reduce the risk of infection, that is what my mum always told me about burns or scalds!
@mojcica (1512)
• Slovenia
30 Sep 08
I heard that you shouldnt have put it under cold water, but under the hot water and slowlly making it colder. You might not get a blister then since the skin cools down gradually. Never tried it though ;)
• Philippines
24 Nov 08
Here's some first aid I've got from a magazine.. ^_^ For minor burns: 1. Wash the burned area under cool (not cold) running water or apply cold compress. Don't put ice on the burn. 2. Once completely cooled, apply aloe vera lotion, or moisturizer to prevent dryness. To avoid infections, do not break blisters. 3. Cover the burn with a sterile gauze bandage. Wrap the gauze loosely to avoid putting pressure on the skin. 4. Take an over-the-counter pain reliever if necessary. For major burns: 1. Don't remove burnt clothing. However, make sure the victim is not in contact with still-smothering material or exposed to smoke or heat. 2. Make sure the victim is breathing. If he isn't, call for help immediately and administer CPR if you know how. 3. Cover the area of the burn. Use a cool, moist sterile bandage or cloth until help arrives.
@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
30 Sep 08
There are many ways to treat a burn, but the most effective way, is to let the affected area cool down for about 5mins or so, b4 washing it under the cold water.. After which, tap it dry with a clean cloth, and put a plaster over it, to avoid infection ^_^ This is the best solution i have tried so far, because i'm often burned by the ovens and the trays when i was doing baking.. haha =D
@vijigopi (991)
• United States
30 Sep 08
Sorry about your burn - I always apply some honey over the area immediately. This will prevent water retention and bulging. Pancake batter is also a good remedy if it is kept in the refrigerator, it helps cool down very fast. Apply olive oil to the area every day and the scar will vanish faster!! Good luck!!
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• United States
30 Sep 08
good morning betty! sorry to hear about your finger- that must have hurt! well, i was just reading a couple days ago in one of my parents magazies about treating burns. of course i cannot find the magazine right now, but i remember that it said you should run the burn under cool (not cold) water for about 10 minutes and then wrap it loosely with gauze. there were also some dont's but i cannot remember those. lol i hope this helps- if i find it i will let you know more. :)
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@goldeneagle (6775)
• United States
30 Sep 08
The best remedy I know of is aloe. You can get the Aloe Vera lotions at walmart. They are usually green and are made by companies like banana boat or panama jack. You can usually find them next to the sun-tan oils and stuff like that. SOLARCAINE is another good treatment for burn. It comes in a spray...
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@mojcica (1512)
• Slovenia
30 Sep 08
there is a cream cold fish fat. I know it sounds yucky and it smells that way too lol and it probably is fish fat heheeh but it does work!!! I burned my self with a hair iron the other day (that happens if you go from long hair to short lol) and I put the cream on its much better already just a small red spot which will be gone in a few days.
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• India
1 Oct 08
I read recently that Aloe Vera helps. And if I get a burn, I just keep my finger under running water for a long time till it feels better. It does work. You could also try some ointments that you get in medical stores. Hope this helps!! Cheers and happy mylotting
• United States
1 Oct 08
these are excellent tips guys , my finger has now gotten a bit better. I first of did the automatic , put the finger in my mouth thing. I then tried the honey . I have never seen this method and I wanted to try it . It really worked . It eased everything down and it is a small bubble there but not so bad . I will also try the aloe . I am going to find one of these nice little plants somewhere and have it on hand in case there is ever another burn . Thank you so much for all the advice and back ups . My poor little finger says thank you also . Happy mylotting everyone.
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@shaggin (36845)
• United States
14 Apr 11
I just got a forward from my mom from her friend that told of a new way to treat burns. I had never heard of this before but it said if you burn your hand to place it in a bag of flour. It also said to keep it in the fridge as the cool flour effect works even better. I have never tried it as I dont even remember the last time I really got burnt badly but I will remember it in the future to try it and see how it works.
@cream97 (29169)
• United States
30 Sep 08
I will usually just put cold ice on it.. Or, I will put ointment cream on it that is designed for burns.. If it gets worse you may need to see a doctor..
@shaggin (36845)
• United States
30 Sep 08
For a burn such as yours I would first run it under very cold water for awhile. If the water isnt that cold and you happen to have ice cubes fill a pitcher with half ice cubes and half cold water and soak your hand in there for awhile until the pain stops being so bad. Burns hurt so much I hate when I get burned. I have an aloe vera plant that I have growing in a pot next to my kitchen sink. This is supposed to help burns so whenever we get a burn I break off a leaf or whatever its called on a aloe vera cactus and open in up and spread the gel inside over the burn. You can also buy aloe vera products in stores but I think the actual product is better then buying a lotion with other ingredients in it!
• India
30 Sep 08
..hmmmmmmmmm your problem is good ..actually burns ae of many types .but i would like to suggest you to use a cream which is specially made for burns...............