How to Care for a Minor Burn

Life happens and usually at the most inopportune time. Whether it’s from a curling iron before the big dance, a hot glue accident during craft time, pulling your favorite casserole out of the oven, or hitting a pothole and spilling hot coffee all over your lap, a burn can be a very uncomfortable injury and often quite painful! Learn how to quickly and efficiently treat your burn so you can get back to the things you love.

You may ask yourself, “what is a first-degree burn?”: The burn is minor, but still painful. It will typically turn red and may swell or blister.

List of most popular burns (and percentage of occurrence according to the ABA):

  • 43%: Heat burns are caused when you come into contact with fire or flame. 
  • 34%: Scald burns from hot liquids or steam are the most common burns to children and older adults. 
  • 9%: Thermal or Contact burns are typically caused by coming into contact with hot objects, such as irons or ovens. 
  • 7%: Other: 
    • Cold temperature burns
    • Sun Burns
    • Friction burns (Road Rash)
  • 4%: Electrical burns come from contact with electrical sources or lights.
  • 3%: Chemical burns are caused by contact with household or industrial chemicals in a liquid, solid, or gas form. 

How to treat a minor burn:

Step 1: Cool the burn to help soothe pain

Quickly apply cold running water to cool a first degree burn for approximately 10 to 15 minutes or until pain subsides or eases. You can also use a clean dampened towel. Do not use ice or ice water, because it increases body heat loss and damages affected tissues.

Step 2: Clean the burn with soap and water.

Be gentle and go slowly as to not irritate the skin further.

Step 3: Remove jewelry or clothing from burn area

Try to do this as quickly and gently as possible before the affected area begins to swell. Examples: belts, bracelets, watches, or rings.

Step 4: Apply CUROXEN and cover the burn site

Apply CUROXEN and cover it with nonstick gauze. The dressing does not need to be secured tightly. Tape the edges of the dressing with first aid tape. CUROXEN is the perfect solution for minor burns and scalds. A slick of this first-aid ointment helps to soothe the affected area quickly, allowing you to get back to doing the things you love.

CUROXEN is totally natural and contains 100 percent organic ingredients. Oxygenated olive oil, calendula and lavender help to clean the area, ease the pain and speed up the healing process. There are no nasty chemicals or petroleum-based ingredients in CUROXEN, so it won’t cause any allergic reactions. It will help keep your wound from getting infected, killing 5X more germs than any other first aid ointment. 


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Step 5: Take over-the-counter pain reliever

If pain continues, you can take an OTC pain reliever such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others), naproxen sodium (Aleve) or acetaminophen (Tylenol, others).

Helpful Tips:

It can take up to 3 weeks for a minor burn to heal.
A burn often will itch as it heals. It is very important to not scratch the burn site.
Do not pop blisters. If a blister does break, make sure to clean it with soap and water. Apply CUROXEN and cover it with nonstick gauze.
Consider a tetanus shot. Make sure that your tetanus booster is up to date. Doctors recommend people get a tetanus shot at least every 10 years.
Never put butter on a burn! Or any other strange condiments or chemicals such as antibiotic ointments (antibiotic ointments can cause allergic reactions) lotion, cortisone, mustard, or egg whites.
Do not remove anything that is sticking to the burn site, such as clothing as this may cause further injury.
We recommend seeing a doctor for any burn that is second-degree or higher, if you have not had a tetanus shot in 5 or more years, pain or swelling continues to increase, or if you notice the wound has pus oozing from it. 


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2018-01-04T20:49:39+00:00 January 4th, 2018|Categories: Wound Care|0 Comments
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