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3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

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11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

Mon. - Fri.: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Treating a Minor Skin Burn

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Whether it was you or your child, a skin burn is a sudden and painful injury that needs attention. First and foremost, you need to determine the severity of the burn. A minor or first degree burn may be monitored and treated at home, but always seek a medical professional for more severe burn treatment. A third degree burn, for example, affects all layers of the skin and can only heal with medical intervention.

Minor burns are those that affect the top superficial layer of the skin, or the epidermis. You may experience mild to moderate pain and swelling from this type of burn. Here are some steps to follow immediately after you suffer from a minor burn to expedite the healing and reduce your discomfort:

  • Remove any sources of constriction near the burn. This may involve removing jewelry or tight clothing. Doing this allows more blood to flow to the area of injury, which accelerates the healing process and eliminates extra friction.
  • Cool it off. Either rinse the burn under cold water or apply a cold compress to the area immediately after the accident. If you are using an ice pack, make sure you have a cloth or other soft barrier between the ice and your skin.
  • Take a pain reliever. For any radiating pain or discomfort of a burn, try an over-the-counter pain reliever.
  • Clean the burn. In order to prevent infection, use gentle soap and water to clean the burned area of skin.
  • Apply ointment. After you’ve cooled, cleaned and dried the burn, you can apply a healing ointment to soothe the skin and facilitate healing. Polysporin, Aloe Vera or simple Vaseline can help.
  • Beware of home remedies. Never try “home remedies” like butter or egg whites before consulting a dermatologist, as it may make the burn worse or cause an infection.
  • Refrain from scratching. Burns can be itchy as they heal. However, scratching the site can not only slow down the healing process, but it can also introduce germs to the wound.
  • Protect the burn from the sun. To avoid scarring and discoloration at the burn site, be sure to cover the area or apply sunblock when you are exposed to UV rays.
  • Watch for signs of an infection. Over the next several days, if you notice changes in the wound color, a foul odor, swelling, redness or warmth, call your physician right away.

When it comes to skin burns, it is always best to let a board certified dermatologist take a look if you have concerns about how to treat it or why it is not healing properly. Your skin is very resilient and has the ability to heal fairly quickly. However, to avoid infection or permanent scarring, a dermatologist can recommend the most effective treatment plan. At Olansky Dermatology Associates, we provide comprehensive skin care for your entire family!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Jodi E. Ganz, Olansky Dermatology Associates
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Olansky Dermatology AssociatesAtlanta Dermatologist
3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: (404) 355-5484
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Buckhead Office

3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

Roswell Office

11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

Our Happy Patients

4.7/ 5.0

Based on 229 reviews

Jenny S.

The doctors and PA’s are great and very knowledgeable. I never have to wait to long and the office staff is always very nice. I also take my son there and they are great with him as well. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology.

Kristen R.

Olansky Dermatology is wonderful! Our whole family goes. My daughter has had terrible eczema through the years and both my kids had mollescum too. They always make things better and spend time explaining whats wrong and how to fix it.

Mike D.

I recently had a couple appointments at Olanksy Dermatology and was seen by Julia Lee. Julie was excellent and quickly took care of the issue I was having with my skin. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology and especially Julia Lee to anyone in need of a dermatologist.

Tamima D.

My husband is a patient of PA Sharon Doering I appreciate all she did for my spouse. She’s very down to earth & made him feel comfortable. Sharon communicated in a way that he can understand.
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Lisa H.

I see the physician assistant Sharon Doering and she has drastically improved my skin! I highly recommend this practice and their brilliant thourough doctors. I finally have glowing skin!

Betty G.

I have had excellent experience at Olansky Dermatology. Dr Burger is meticulous and thorough and has a most pleasant and calm manner. I have every confidence in her and this office.

Cheyenne G.

Very kind and understanding people. Dr. Bellamy and her nurse took the time to listen to all my concerns and never made me feel rushed.

Kishan P.

I was actually running a bit late, but they were very friendly and knowledgeable about what was going on with my skin. And also very timely.I will definitely stick with them!

Khol S.

Very professional and pleasant staff. When I arrived at my appointment this afternoon I was informed that my doctor called out sick and they tried calling to let me know but I just recently changed my number so they were unable to reach me. The receptionist was so sweet and helpful. Instead of leaving and making a new appointment they fit me in without an issue and without any waiting.

Susan H.

Dr. Ilyas was highly recommended to me so I decided to change dermatologists. I am so glad as I am pleased with his expertise and his highly professional manner. I am also delighted with Emily Raville, Aesthetician. She does a wonderful job and I am recommending her to my friends as well. I am completely satisfied – can’t get any better than that!

Lindsay S.

I have been going to Olansky Dematology for many years now, whether for a specific problem, or just for a really great deep facial, and I wouldn’t consider going anywhere else. Every single staff member is knowledgeable and professional. The customer service I receive every visit leaves a positive and lasting impression. I always feel comfortable and at ease while I am there. Great staff!

Janet R.

I seem to live at this place! Whether it’s for an appointment with a doctor or for an aesthetic treatment, I am there frequently. I cannot say enough good things. Efficient, friendly, the best doctors, and a new aesthetic center with the latest in procedures and products to keep us looking almost as young as we feel. It’s always fun to see Emily and she knows just what to recommend.