Caring for Minor Burns

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Managing burn injuries properly is important because they are common, painful and can result in scarring. Dr. Edward Hill discusses care for minor burns in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

In young children, most burns happen when a hot object or liquid is pulled off of the stove or countertop. Older children and teenagers typically get burns from playing with lighters, firecrackers or gasoline.

Most burns are accidental, so its important to be careful in situations where you or your children can be exposed to the sun, flames and hot objects and fluids.

If you get a minor burn, one that is red and painful, but does not blister, apply cool water to the area for five to 30 minutes. Do not put butter or oil on the burned skin. Cover the damaged skin with aloe vera or an antibiotic ointment and apply gauze or a bandage. Do not pop blisters. You can take over-the-counter pain medicine.

Call your doctor right away if you think your burn might be serious, if you have blisters or if the area is very painful or does not heal quickly. Go to the emergency room if you have an electrical burn or a burn on your face.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.