Thermal Burns Treatment

For All Burns

1. Stop Burning Immediately

  • Put out fire or stop the person's contact with hot liquid, steam, or other material.
  • Help the person "stop, drop, and roll" to smother flames.
  • Remove smoldering material from the person.
  • Remove hot or burned clothing. If clothing sticks to skin, cut or tear around it.

2. Remove Constrictive Clothing Immediately

Then take the following steps:

For First-Degree Burns (Affecting Top Layer of Skin)

No.321 - Cleanse Sebum

1. Cool Burn

  • Hold burned skin under cool (not cold) running water or immerse in cool water until the pain subsides.
  • Use compresses if running water isn't available.

2. Protect Burn

  • Cover with sterile, non-adhesive bandage or clean cloth.
  • Do not apply butter, oil, lotions, or creams (especially if they contain fragrance). Apply a petroleum-based ointment two to three times per day.

3. Treat Pain

4. When to See a Doctor

Seek medical help if:

  • You see signs of infection, like increased pain, redness, swelling, fever, or oozing.
  • The person needs tetanus or booster shot, depending on date of last injection. Tetanus booster should be given every 10 years.
  • The burn blister is larger than two inches or oozes.
  • Redness and pain last more than a few hours.
  • The pain gets worse.
  • The hands, feet, face, or genitals are burned.

No.201 - Prevent Elasticity Damage

5. Follow Up

For Second-Degree Burns (Affecting Top 2 Layers of Skin)

1. Cool Burn

  • Immerse in cool water for 10 or 15 minutes.
  • Use compresses if running water isn't available.
  • Don't apply ice. It can lower body temperature and cause further pain and damage.
  • Don't break blisters or apply butter or ointments, which can cause infection.

2. Protect Burn

3. Prevent Shock

Unless the person has a head, neck, or leg injury, or it would cause discomfort:

No.373 - Blackheads

4. See a Doctor

For Third-Degree Burns

1. Call 911

2. Protect Burn Area

3. Prevent Shock

Unless the person has a head, neck, or leg injury or it would cause discomfort:

4. See a Doctor

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