Up next in First Aid: When Nature Attacks (14 videos)
The great outdoors can cause not-so-great injuries and illnesses. Know how to treat them with the advice in this Howcast video series about first aid.
You Will Need
- A bathtub or cold, wet compresses
- Aloe vera plant or lotion, or hydrocortisone cream
- Baking soda or colloidal oatmeal
- Acetaminophen or ibuprofen
- An antibiotic ointment
Cool off your skin
Cool off your skin with a cool bath or cool, wet compresses. If you opt for the bath, add a half cup of baking soda or several cups of colloidal oatmeal (available at drugstores). Soak for 10 minutes. Repeat as often as needed.
Apply something soothing
Apply something soothing, like aloe vera from a plant or lotion, or 1% hydrocortisone cream.
Take an aspirin
If you’re an adult, take an aspirin; its anti-inflammatory properties will help relieve the pain.
Let your skin heal
Let your skin heal. If blisters form, leave them alone; if they break, use an antibiotic ointment. Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do about peeling—but a moisturizing lotion can ease any itching.
Buy a good sunscreen
Buy a good sunscreen and a big sunhat so you don’t get burned again. And stay out of the sun until your burn has healed!