Minor Burn Treatment

When treating burns the degree and the cause of the burn will depend on its treatment as well. Minor burns or first and second-degree burns are the mildest of burns that can occur. These burns only affect the most superficial layer of skin. This type of burn can be caused by UV rays from the sun or even from quick contact with a hot surface or substance.

What are the Symptoms Minor Burns?

  • Burns will be red and sensitive to the touch
  • The area will turn white or blanch when pressure is applied
  • There may be swelling or blistering depending on the degree of burn

What Causes Minor Burns?

Minor burns can be caused by the following elements:

  • High heat or open flames – Hot foods or liquids, hot surfaces on appliances
  • Chemicals
  • Sunlight

How to Treat Minor Burns

The treatment of minor burns will depend on the cause and symptoms. Typically, simple some first aid or more advanced first aid at an urgent care like Ultra Med can easily address injuries like these. The first step to treating a minor burn is to lower the temperature of the affected area with water or a cool damp cloth. Once cooled, the corn should be covered by a smooth piece of gauze that won’t cling to the skin.

If you see any of the following symptoms, you may want to seek medical attention.

  • Pain is increasing over time
  • Redness does not subside after a few days
  • Swelling and oozing of pus

If any of these symptoms persist it is important to see a medical attention in the event an infection occurs. Avoiding infection will be vital in the proper healing of first and second-degree burns. Patients in the Skokie and Evanston, Illinois areas who are in need of minor burn treatment should contact Ultra Med Urgent Care today for quick and effective care.