A burn can occur anywhere on the body, but many people get them on their hands. When you do have a burn on your hand, you might be able to treat it at home. Refer to the warning section for signs of a severe burn which will need medical attention. You will only be able to treat mild first-degree burns on your hand at home. Other types need a doctor's help to prevent nerve and tissue damage to your hand. To save time and pain, keep the necessary materials in your home first aid kit at all times. The faster you can treat your hand burn, the sooner you can feel relief.
Things You'll Need
- Burn cream or moisturizer
- Medical tape
- Acetaminophen (such as Tylenol)
Look at your burn, if it is red, painful and swollen but not blistered or black, you can treat it at home.
Place your hand under cold running water for 15 minutes until you do not feel a burning sensation. You can also put your hand into a bowl of cold water for 15 minutes.
Pat the burn dry. Spread a thin amount burn cream or moisturizer onto the burn to prevent the skin from drying out.
Place a piece of gauze loosely over the burn and attach it with medical tape. Change the gauze daily and whenever it gets wet.
Take acetaminophen to control the pain.