Burns destroy skin and the loss of skin can lead to infection, dehydration, and hypothermia.
While the burn is healing, wear loose natural clothing like silks or light cotton. Harsher fabrics will irritate the skin even more.
Make sure that a burn patient gets emergency medical help if experiencing any of the following:
- Dizziness or confusion
- Fever or chills
- Cold sweats
Over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen can be used for the pain of a mild burn (typically redness only). If stronger pain relief is needed, call a doctor or go to the emergency department.