Health Tip: Caring for a Minor Burn

Health Tip: Caring for a Minor Burn

(HealthDay News) -- If you've suffered a minor burn, you may be able to care for it at home.

The U.S. National Safety Council offers this first-aid advice for a minor burn:

  • Cool the burn by running it under cold water until the pain stops. You also can apply a cool compress to the area.

  • Don't apply ice, which could do more harm than good.

  • Cover the burn with a sterile, nonstick bandage.

  • Take an over-the-counter pain reliever.

  • Don't apply butter or ointment.

  • Don't break any skin blister, which will increase the risk of infection.

If the burn appears severe, do not try to treat it yourself. Seek medical attention at once.

 
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