How To Treat A Burn Blister

Learning how to treat a burn blister is an important first aid skill. Burn blisters are one of the symptoms of a second degree burn, along with redness, pain and swelling. It's important to treat burn blisters properly, as they can get infected without the right care. Here are a few ways to treat a burn blister:

You will need:

  • cool water
  • OTC pain killers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen
  • a dry sterile bandage

How to treat a burn blister:

  1. Cool the burn to help with pain and swelling. Run cool water over the area for ten to fifteen minutes. Do not apply ice or ice water, as that can damage the skin.
  2. Do not pop the burn blister. Breaking the blister can make the area more susceptible to infection. If left alone, the burn blister should dry up and heal on its own.
  3. Do not apply ointments, creams or home remedies like butter to a burn. These prevent the air from getting to the skin, which is necessary for healing. Creams can also trap bacteria against the skin, which can cause infection.
  4. Cover the area around the burn blister with a clean, dry bandage or cloth. The will prevent the burn blister from becoming soiled. Change the bandage regularly.
  5. Take an OTC pain reliever if you are experiencing pain. Ibuprofen will also help relieve swelling. Remember to never give aspiring to a child who has flu or chicken pox symptoms.

Tips for treating a burn blister:

  • If the burned area is more than three inches across, seek medical attention.
  • Do not try to remove clothing that is stuck to a burn.
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