Whether you have a propensity for scalding your hand on hot stove burners or you've spilled steaming coffee one too many times, you need a second degree burn treatment manual to keep on hand for home emergencies. This second degree burn treatment regimen will protect your skin from infection and further damage.
- Rinse with Cold Water: Much like a steak fresh out of the oven, a second degree burn stays hot enough to keep on cooking. Cool down the skin temperature – stat! Rinse cool water over your second degree burn until your skin stops hurting, which should take fifteen to 30 minutes. If you prefer, you can hold a cold compress to the burn or submerge your burn in a container of cold water.
- Sanitize: You know never to touch an open cut with dirty hands, and a second degree burn is no different. You must wash your hands and clean the burn with a gentle soap and cool water to prevent germs from penetrating the blister.
- Apply Antibiotic Ointment: Antibiotic ointments defend your second degree burn against further exposure to germs. Find these in the wound care aisle of any drugstore or grocery store or ask a pharmacist for a recommendation.
- Wrap it Up: If your burn blisters are closed, lucky you. You probably won't need a bandage. If the blister is open, you must bandage the second degree burn to prevent infection. Change the bandage every time it gets soggy or dirty.
- Do not get overzealous with the bandage for your second degree burn. You don't want to put pressure on the blister or cause swelling.
- Avoid ice on burns. It can damage delicate tissue and skin.
- Never use an antibiotic spray on your second degree burn. It could trap heat. Trapped heat means hotter skin, which means a worse burn and more pain.
- Always seek advice from a medical professional when you suspect a second degree burn. A medical professional will know the true severity of your burn.