This article provides some information on the ways to treat a burn blister, that might prove beneficial.
When one is sun-burned, the outer layer of the skin, that is, epidermis gets burned. This is the least severe form of burn that causes red and painful skin. However, when one gets burned real badly and the epidermis is burned along with the dermis (second layer of skin), it is called second-degree burns. This kind of burn causes the appearance of blisters on one’s skin. Most of the time, a second-degree burn, that is about 3 inches in diameter can be treated at home. That is, if one has had a minor accident leading to a burn blister, then he/she needs to follow some care tips along with the method given below.
It is important to know this treatment method, as it can come in handy as a first aid skill. The right care would ensure that the burn does not get infected or cause any further complications. The information below is useful only for treating minor burns.
The minute one gets burned and a blister appears, run cool water over it. Allow the cool water to run over it for about 10 to 15 minutes. Remember to use cool water and not ice water or even ice. This is because it could cause further damage to the burned skin. If this cannot be done, then one can place a cold compress over the affected area. Soak a cotton cloth in cool water and place it over the blister. This would help reduce the pain as well as the severity of the same.
The next thing to do is to apply a cream on the burn. One can apply aloe vera gel, calamine lotion, etc., over it. However, do cover the affected area with a dressing which does not shed fibers. A cotton, sterile gauze can be used to protect the burn blister and reduce air. Make sure that it is wrapped loosely to avoid putting pressure on the affected area. This would also help decrease the pain and prevent any contamination. It is necessary to change the dressing once a day.
One can use over-the-counter medications for pain relief. These include ibuprofen, aspirin, naproxen, acetaminophen, etc. Do not give these medications to children and teenagers without consulting a doctor. Keep a check on the blister every day to notice if any possible infection has occurred. On observation of an increase in the redness, swelling, or if there is some odd oozing from it, it is better to seek medical help. This is because the wound must have probably got infected and only a doctor can now advise on its treatment in this case.
If the burn blister has healed, the skin will have different pigmentation than the surrounding skin color. Most of them heal on their own. Just a little bit of care would ensure that it heals quickly. Following the aforementioned method might prove useful. However, if it is larger and more severe, seek medical help for the treatment. One can speak to a health care professional for more details on the subject.
Disclaimer: This Buzzle article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.