Minor first-degree and many second-degree burns can be treated quickly and effectively in the home if you follow these four simple steps:
Run your burned skin under cool, running water until the heat of the burn has dissipated or for 10 to 15 minutes. Not only will the running water help cool your burn, it will also remove any debris or irritants that could prevent your burn from healing properly. Let your skin dry. Under no circumstances should you apply ice to any burn.
It may be tempting, but you should resist the urge to pop any blisters that have formed. Popping blisters makes it more likely for you to get an infection at the burn site, which will greatly hinder the healing process. Avoid using any home remedies like honey, butter, mayo or oil. These home remedies may not be sterile and may cause your burn to become infected. Most minor first-degree burns typically heal within 5 to 10 days. Second-degree burns, however, can take up two to three weeks to fully heal. Actual recovery time for your burn will vary depending on the location and severity of the burn site.