Health Tip: Caring for a Minor Burn

- While serious burns require a doctor's care, even minor burns should be treated properly.

Here are suggestions for how to help a minor burn heal, courtesy of the American Academy of Family Physicians:

  • Immediately after the injury, soak the area in cool water.
  • Don't apply butter, oil, ice or ice water to burns. These products can further damage the skin.
  • Treat the burn with a soothing aloe vera gel, or an antibiotic ointment to prevent infection.
  • Cover the burn with a dry gauze bandage.
  • If needed, take an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.

Posted: January 2008


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