How To Treat A Hand Burn Immediately After It Occurs

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Falling prey to a hand burn can occur at any time during a variety of activities. From cooking to ironing clothes, a burn should be cared for immediately after it happens to prevent infection. Suffering from a hand burn can result in a minor injury that is treatable in the comfort of your home, to severe where medical treatment is needed immediately.

Types of Burns 

Three types of burns range upward based on severity. Let’s define each of the three along with its severity. 


Treating the Burn

Whether the burn is minor or not, you should seek medical attention soon after it occurs. While waiting to be seen by your healthcare provider, there are some things you can do at home to alleviate the burn. To treat a first-degree burn, here’s what you can do:


Things to Avoid

Some things can slow healing, increase the risk of infection, or cause further damage to the skin. These include:


Healing Process

The time in which a burn heals depends on the severity of it. A minor burn takes several days to completely heal. Anything more than minor can take a minimum of two weeks for healing; some cases take several weeks. During healing keep a lookout for the following:


All of these can be a sign of an infection happening on the wound. It is important to let your healthcare provider know about these signs to receive an antibiotic ointment for the burn. They can also determine if the infection is serious enough for hospitalized treatment or if it can be treated at home.

During healing, it is also common to experience itching in the affected area. Help minimize the itch, maintain the skin hydrated by applying lotion frequently. If itching severely persists, taking Benadryl (an over-the-counter medication) might be helpful. Make sure you are consistent with keeping the healing wound clean by doing daily dressing changes.


After Healing

Taking care of the area does not end after it heals, there are things you should do after healing. For example, try to keep out of the sun as much as possible. Your burn may experience sensitivity to the sun.  If you need to be outside, try to make sure you follow these:


For further concerns or questions that may arise prior to or during the initial burn or healing process, contact your healthcare provider.

Dr. John Knight
Dr. John Knight

Dr. Knight is a renowned hand, wrist and upper extremity surgeon with over 25 years of experience. Dr. Knight is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Fellowship trained. Dr Knight has appeared on CNN, The Doctors TV, Good Morning America, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Forbes, The Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, Oxygen network and more.