Asked by: Alexis Vanjula
Asked in category: medical health, first aid
Last Updated: 30th Nov 2022

How do you treat an open burn?

First-degree burn treatment options include
  1. Allow the wound to soak in cool water for at least five minutes.
  2. Take acetaminophen and ibuprofen to relieve pain.
  3. To soothe the skin, you can use lidocaine (an antiseptic) in combination with aloe vera gel/cream.
  4. Protect the area with an antibiotic cream and loose gauze.



This is a question of personal preference. Should you either cover the burn or allow it to breathe?

If you don't feel the need to cover a partial-thickness injury, or if clothing or other objects are rubbing against it, then you can leave them alone. If you have to cover your blisters, use a loose, clean bandage. You must ensure that the adhesive or tape does not touch the burn.

Do 2nd degree burns need to be covered? To prevent dehydration, drink plenty of fluids such as electrolytes and water. Wrap the flame in gauze or a loose covering. Wrap the over loosely, as this could stop circulation. Avoid tearing open blisters.

This is how to quickly heal a burn.

How to treat minor, first-degree burns

  1. Then cool the burn. Use cool water to immediately moisten the burn or cold compresses.
  2. Petroleum jelly should be applied two to three times per day.
  3. Apply a nonstick, sterilized bandage to the burn.
  4. You might consider taking an over-the-counter pain medicine.
  5. Protect the area from the Sun

Is it possible to shower with an open wound?

So that the wound doesn't'soak in' water, showering is better than bathing. Avoid using soap, body lotions, talcum powder, or shower gel directly on your healing wound.