Lifestyle and home remedies

By 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).
Aug. 21, 2012