Burn First Aid
I’m a lobster! forgot to reapply and am badly burnt! What do I do? ?
- Immediately, take two aspirins (or if you’re allergic, ibuprofen or an anti- inflammatory that your doctor recommends) and repeat after four hours.
- Oral steroids may be needed, too; check with your doctor.
- If you tend to develop hyperpigmentations, ask your doctor about taking an antihistamine, too, as it can help prevent post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
- Stay in a darkened room away from windows and with the lights turned down (even indoor lights can cause a photoreaction).
- Drink lots of water.
- Repetitively apply a soothing, reparative pure oil (sans all additives) like Know-It-Oil organic virgin coconut oil — it’s particularly soothing as a cold compress. Using The Big, Brave Boo-Boo Balm can be very soothing, too, and can help lessen peeling.
- If the burn is painful, apply Red Better Flare-Up Balm after the cold-compresses to reduce redness and pain.
- If there is swelling, keep the oil and Boo-Boo Balm in the refrigerator and use as cooling butter on the skin.
- For severe cases, an ice bath may be indicated as well (check with your doctor first as ice baths can be dangerous for some people).
- If the skin is blistering, see your dermatologist immediately or go to your nearest emergency room or urgent care facility.