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How to Treat a Burn

Initial First Aid Treatment for Minor Burns

Think of the skin as a coat of armor for the human body. When a burn injury occurs, it causes a break in the skin and may subsequently cause an infection if it is not treated appropriately or correctly. Frequently the question is asked, “How do I treat a minor burn?”

The American Burn Association’s Burn Prevention Committee recommends these guidelines for the treatment of minor burns. Please note that even a small burn may have the potential to become infected. It is always advisable to seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Remember, when in doubt or if you think someone’s life is in danger, call 911. Remain calm and provide the operator with the necessary information to get the EMS personnel to you.

Most burns require immediate medical attention. If you have experienced a burn that requires urgent medical attention, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

Appointments for Non-Urgent Burns

If you have a non-urgent burn and would like a second opinion, schedule an appointment or call 800-TEMPLE-MED (800-836-7536) today.

Learn more about our doctors and care team who treat burns.