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FIRST AID tips: MINOR BURNS


Follow these steps for treatment, of minor burns, such as hot water scalds or grease spatters from a frying pan.

Cool off

  • Burning can continue for some time after skin is no longer in contact with the heat source, immediately remove any clothing that comes in contact with the burn.

  • Hold the affected area under cool running water or apply cold compresses for at least 10 minutes. This conducts heat away from the skin and reduces swelling. Do not use ice, as freezing can harm sensitive tissues.

Treat the burn

  • Do not apply ointment or butter. Cover the burn loosely with a non-stick gauze pad or adhesive dressing designed for use on burns. Leave blisters alone until they break by themselves. An over-the-counter pain reliever many help with pain.

See a doctor

  • If there is increased swelling, redness, fever, oozing or pain, or if a tetanus booster is needed.

  • If burn is larger than 3 inches, blisters quickly or is on the face, major joint, or the gental area.

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Sources: Mayoclinic.com and Webmd.com. This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of a doctor with any questions regarding a medical condition.

 

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