Did you get burned? Here's what you should and shouldn't do

If you get burned, it is essential to take appropriate action to treat the wound and prevent infection. Here's what you should and shouldn't do:


  1. Cool the temperature of the skin by running cool (not cold) water over the burn for about 10 minutes or until the pain becomes less intense.
  2. If water isn't available, gently apply a clean cloth or towel to the burn.
  3. Remove any clothing or jewelry near the burned area, unless it's stuck to the skin.
  4. Consult your doctor if you want to put a steroid or antibiotic cream on the burn.
  5. Use over-the-counter pain relievers to help manage pain.
  6. Bandage the burn if it's in an area where you could get dirt in it.
  7. Consult a healthcare professional for minor burns.


  1. Don't use ice, as it may make the burn worse.
  2. Avoid breaking blisters.
  3. Refrain from touching the burn.

Remember, for a minor burn, you can likely treat it at home with items from your medicine cabinet. However, if the burn covers an area larger than your hand, you should see an emergency care professional immediately.

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