Treatment for Burns from Flame, Hot Water, or Oil
First Response to Burns
In case of a burn, you need to cool off the skin.
- CLEAR PLASTIC WRAP: Immediately cover the burn with Saran Wrap to protect it, dissipate the heat and arrest tissue damage for the first 10 minutes. No plastic wrap? You can use:
- ALUMINUM FOIL: Lift the aluminum foil for a second every minute to let the heat out. If you are alone, get some help. EVERY MINUTE COUNTS.
Chose one of the following – the fastest you can get to:
- HONEY: apply and cover with Saran Wrap, change every 10 minutes until the pain is gone.
- ALOE VERA: apply and cover with Saran Wrap, change every 10 minutes until the pain is gone.
- WHITE POTATOES: thinly grate & apply 1 inch (2.5 cm high) and cover with Saran Wrap, change every 1 to 1½ to 3 hours until the pain is gone.
Then apply the appropriate nourishing healing creams, cover with Saran Wrap and wrap the burn with gauze to protect from harm.
If severe pain is making one very agitated, use RESCUE REMEDY.
Put 6-10 drops in a glass of water or juice. Take every 10 min as needed. For children
you can apply a few drops directly to the inside of the wrists and on the temples.
As the site is cooling off, the color of the burn should change from bright red to pink, and then to its normal color. Watch for reddening of the area. If you think the burn is infected, get expert help from a burn expert or emergency services in a burn center, hospital emergency room or Hatzala. You can use antibiotic powder sprinkled on top of the healing cream, then clear plastic wrap to prevent the bandage from sticking and cover with gauze to protect the delicate skin.
Change the bandage twice a day until an infection is healed. When the affected area is larger than one’s palm, oral antibiotics is recommended to prevent infection.
NEVER BREAK BLISTERS.
Submerging a severe burn in water, is not recommended as it can cause the skin to blister.