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How to Treat Minor Burns

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Did you accidentally touch the stove while cooking dinner? Did your child spill steaming hot chocolate on themselves? Minor burns are an unpleasant surprise, that can ache for hours if not treated properly. Most minor burns can be nursed at home, with the right materials and medication. However, sometimes they may be second and third-degree burns that need medical attention. If that’s the case, our family physicians at MD365® can treat the burn for you. We are located in Shirley, New York, and are always taking in new patients.

What Is a Minor Burn?

Most people will experience a minor burn at least once in their lifetime. If that’s currently happening to you, we will take care of you. A minor burn is a damage to the outer and underlying layer of skin from thermal, chemical, electrical, or radiation exposure. 

Common Treatments at Home

Most of these burns can be treated with first aid: bandages, cool water, and over-the-counter medicine. However, some people prefer to use natural therapies to treat minor burns, instead of medication.

Natural Remedies

As soon as you get a burn, run cool water on it for about 20 minutes. Then, wash the area with soap. To relieve swelling and pain, place a cool compress or a clean wet cloth over the burn. Apply the compress in 5 to 15-minute intervals. Make sure to not use water that is too cold because it will irritate the burn further. 

Aloe vera and honey are popular natural remedies. Aloe vera has been called the “burn plant.” It promotes circulation, it’s anti-inflammatory, and inhibits the growth of bacteria. Apply a layer of aloe vera gel to your burn. You can also apply a layer of honey. It is anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antibacterial.

If your burn develops a blister, don’t pop it. We know it can be tempting, but bursting a blister can lead to an infection. And if you are worried about the blister, our physicians can take a look.

Signs That Your Burn Needs Medical Attention

Although many burns can be taken care of at home, there are some sure signs that indicate you should see one of our family physicians at MD365®.  Let’s take a look at some of them below:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Burns caused by electricity or chemicals
  • Your skin looks leathery
  • Burns that appear charred or have patches of black, white, or brown
  • Deep burns (affects all layers of the skin or even deeper tissue)
  • New unexplained symptoms
  • Large blister that has lasted for more than two weeks
  • Significant scarring
  • Signs of infection (oozing, swelling, increased pain)

If you or your child is experiencing any of these signs, make an appointment at MD365® as soon as possible.

The Best Family Care in Shirley, Ronkonkoma, Oakdale and Yonkers, New York 

As soon as you schedule an appointment with our family physicians at MD365®, you’ll be in great hands. If your burn is causing you severe pain or you develop new symptoms, we will provide the right treatment. Give us a call today to create an in-person visit or a tele visit– whichever works best for you.



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