• Keep the proper bandages in stock. - Bandaids won’t be enough for most burns. Select dressing specifically designed to maintain the moisture balances needed for optimal healing. Generally speaking, foam dressings are the most effective, especially those infused with gel formulas (or, believe it or not, honey)!
  • Be wary of possible infection. Change your dressing daily, and always with clean hands. Burns typically heal just fine, but keep an eye out for signs of infection (redness, swelling, pus). And no matter how tempting it may seem, don’t scratch the often-itchy blisters that may form as your skin heals.
  • Manage and soothe pain. Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen can manage the aches and pains sustained from most burns. Aloe vera gel works wonders in cooling the sensitive area gently, and should always be chosen over other ointments or creams, which can cause infection.
  • Know when to get help. Acetaminophen and ibuprofen can manage the aches and pains sustained from minor burns. Be sure to consult a doctor if the burn covers an area greater than 2-3 inches in diameter or is located on your face, extremities, private parts, or over a major joint such as the knee or shoulder.
  • With any hope, the days of painful skin grafts will soon be over, leaving new alternatives like Recell can lead the way. In the mean time, stay safe - and keep a cool head.