How to Treat a Burn at Home


Video Transcript

Hello, my name is Jim. I’m an EMT and I’m a firefighter. Today I want to a moment to talk to you about a serious issue, and that’s burns and burn treatment.

Burns often occur within the household and one of the places this happens is in the kitchen. Ovens. Hot pans, Grease splatters. These are all ways you could receive a first-degree burn while cooking in the kitchen.

First-degree burns cause pain and reddening to the outer layers of your skin, which is why it’s so important to quickly and effectively treat them. The first step for properly treating a first-degree burn is to place the affected area under cold, running water until the pain subsides.

Once the area is dried, it is recommended that you apply a burn gel or cream to the affected area. A product such as Alocane is great for this purpose because Alocane contains 4% Lidocaine, which reduces pain on contact as well as speeds up the healing process.

Alocane also contains Aloe, which will cool the area further. After the burn gel has been applied it’s important to protect the area with a bandage or loosely wrapped gauze. If blisters have formed it is important you do not pop them because this could cause infection and worsen an already painful, unpleasant situation.

If you are unsure of the severity of the burn please call 911. If you have any questions leave a comment in the section below or reach out to Alocane online or on social media. Thank you for watching.

Minor first-degree and many second-degree burns can be treated quickly and effectively in the home if you follow these four simple steps:

  1. Run your burned skin under cool, running water until the heat of the burn has dissipated or for 10 to 15 minutes. Not only will the running water help cool your burn, it will also remove any debris or irritants that could prevent your burn from healing properly. Let your skin dry. Under no circumstances should you apply ice to any burn.
  2. When dry, apply ALOCANE® Maximum Strength Emergency Burn Gel to the affected area. Do not use ALOCANE® on raw skin or blisters.
  3. Gently apply a loose, sterile bandage to protect your skin from further irritation, which would delay healing. Be sure to change the bandage as needed.
  4. Re-apply ALOCANE® Maximum Strength Emergency Burn Gel as needed but no more than three to four times daily.

It may be tempting, but you should resist the urge to pop any blisters that have formed. Popping blisters makes it more likely for you to get an infection at the burn site, which will greatly hinder the healing process. Avoid using any home remedies like honey, butter, mayo or oil. These home remedies may not be sterile and may cause your burn to become infected. Most minor first-degree burns typically heal within 5 to 10 days. Second-degree burns, however, can take up two to three weeks to fully heal. Actual recovery time for your burn will vary depending on the location and severity of the burn site.