7 months ago

Burns can be experienced anywhere. Being exposed to splashes of oil when cooking and exposed to hot objects such as motorcycle exhaust, irons, and hot pans, are examples of types of burn that are often experienced daily. Even though the wound doesn't look serious, the wrong way of handling it can lead to infection and make the condition worse.

Minor burns can be called first-degree burns, which are characterized by a wound area of no more than 8 cm. This type of wound covers only the outermost layer of skin and generally does not develop into a serious condition. Symptoms can include pain in the affected area, redness, and swelling. This is a burn that is often experienced daily.

First aids for minor burns are:

  • Use cold water to compress or rinse the hot area.
  • If there is a blister, it should be left alone. Avoid touching, covering it with tape, or trying to pierce it with a needle.
  • Apply a special ointment for burns or an antibiotic ointment that contains neomycin sulfate and neomycin, which generally have a cooling effect.

Moderate burns are second-degree burns that are characterized by blistering, swelling, intense pain, and redness or sometimes even a pale color.

Severe burns or third-degree burns include severe burns because they damage tissue deeper into the nerves, muscles, or bones. These burns are generally no longer red, but white or even charred. In addition, the skin may feel no pain at all due to the affected nerves.

A person with 2nd and 3rd-degree burns should be referred immediately to the Emergency Department for immediate medical attention. Handling these burns the wrong way or getting care too late will worsen the condition.

Here are some of the most common, but wrong things people try to do when treating a burn:

  • Applying oil or butter to the burn
  • Compressing with ice cubes
  • Applying toothpaste
  • Smearing the white eggs
  • Touching the burns with dirty hands

Have you been treating burns correctly all this time?