First Degree Burn
First degree burn treatment
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Definition of First Degree Burn
A first degree burn can be classified as a minor injury and you can treat a first degree burn at home.
per the medical dictionary: “A mild burn produces redness of the skin
and no blistering." A 1st degree burn is superficial, that is, it
affects only the
topmost layer of the skin – the epidermis.
epidermis is a regenerative tissue and repairs itself and heals usually
within a week. That’s why first-degree burns won’t require a trip to
the doctor and can be treated at home with minimal care.
The cause of a first-degree burn is usually mild sunburn or a flash
burn that is a sudden brief burst of heat, for example: when
accidentally touching a hot pot. To protect yourself from the sun, you need to use a SPF that is high enough to protect your specific skin type.
most common symptoms of 1st degree burns are redness, dry skin,
swelling of the affected area and pain. The skin is tender to touch and
turns white when pressure is applied.
Treating first degree burn
Cool the burn - Place the area under running cool water for 10-15
minutes. And if running water is not available, dip the affected area in
cool water. Cooling the affected area results in less swelling since
the heat is taken away. Don’t use cold water or ice.
the skin – Alove vera with its natural soothing quality is the best
remedy. Cut a small piece of Aloe Vera leaf and squeeze its juice over
the affected area and if the area is large, cut a leaf and scoop out the
gel of the Aloe Vera and apply.
3. Black Cumin Seed oil has an anti-inflammatory agent and is a great moisturizer which is very good for skin repair.
If Aloe Vera Is not available, you can apply colloidal silver which is a natural antibiotic and disinfectant.
Leave it open for the skin to breathe. Don’t cover it with a bandage
since that will cut off air and it will take time to heal
4. To relieve first degree burn pain, you can take a common pain reliever like aspirin.
is made up of a similar composition to our skin, which actually helps
promote skin cell growth…this causes the skin to heal quicker.
oil has been found to be very effective on burns of all types including
sunburn, 1st and 2nd degree burns, and radiation burns. It alleviates
pain and dramatically reduces scarring and blistering.
If the burn area is large and you can’t avoid going out of the house,
cover it with sterile gauze, so that the skin can breathe, and this
will also avoid any brushing up against things and keeps the burn away
A healed first degree burn won’t leave a scar. In some
cases a slight pigmentation or change in color of the surrounding skin
is there but, this is usually gone within a few days time.
Minor first degree burns will usually heal without further treatment if there are no further cuts and blisters.
Watch out for any increase in redness, swelling, pain or fever, it could be a sign of infection.
treatment for first degree burns might require a specialist, especially
in the case of infants and elderly. If you have a first degree burn on
sensitive areas like the face, near the eyes or mouth, or groin area,
you need to consult your physician after initial first-aid. Also consult
a doctor if you are not sure about the depth and extent of the burn.
By Anuradha Gakhar
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