First Degree Burns

What is a First Degree Burn?

What is known as a first degree burn is now also classified as a superficial burn. These types of burns only impact the top layer of the skin.

Symptoms of First Degree Burns

A first degree burn will be red and painful. There may also be minimal swelling.

Treating First Degree Burns

  1. REMOVE – Remove any clothing and jewellery from the affected area to allow effective cooling of the burn.
  2. COOL – Cool the burn under cool running water for 20 minutes. Do not use ice, butter, toothpaste, creams or ointments as these may make the burn worse.
  3. COVER – Cover with a hydrogel such as mundicare® Burnaid® to help relieve the pain, and cover with a clean dressing.
  4. SEEK – Seek medical advice if the burn is larger than a 20 cent piece or on the face, hands, feet or groin area.