The hands are one of the most commonly burned parts of the body, and it is understandable why that is the case. You use your hands for all kinds of things that could lead to a bad burn, such as cooking, working on equipment, or even handling something like a curling iron. When you sustain a bad burn, it is the things you do immediately after the burn that could make a difference. Here are three things you should do if you have sustained a bad burn to your hands:
Remove any jewelry you have on your hands.
Immediately after you have severely burned your hand, take a moment to get rid of any jewelry you may be wearing, especially rings or tight-fitting bracelets. One of the immediate things that will happen after you have sustained a burn is your hand will start to swell with fluid. If the hand or fingers swell to a certain point, having jewelry on can actually cause even more damage to the delicate skin that has been injured. Plus, jewelry pieces can get stuck on your fingers or wrist and have to be manually removed by cutting the piece off.
Run cool water over the burn to alleviate the pain.
Cool water is the most effective remedy for alleviating the pain that comes along with a severe burn on your hand. There are many home remedies that many people swear by, such as putting mustard on a burn or butter. However, it is best to stay away from home remedies until you have sought proper medical burn treatment. Simply submerge your hand in cool water or allow cool water to run over your hand from the faucet. Stay away from ice and extremely cold water, as it can actually cause more damage to the burned layers of skin.
Keep the burn clean and sterilized.
When the outer layers of the skin on your hands have burned away, you have lost the protective barrier that would normally protect your body from bacteria and infections. You have to be really careful to keep your burn clean until you get to the emergency room or to see a doctor. If you have sterile gauze in the house, you can gently drape gauze over the burn to protect it. To prevent the gauze from sticking, it is perfectly fine to add a layer of antibiotic ointment or petroleum jelly to the gauze first.