Published on November 9, 2012 at 6:00 AM
· Don't apply ice. It can be too harsh for burned skin and cause tissue damage.
· "Folk remedies" such as applying butter do not help the healing process and may increase the risk of infection if the burn is severe.
· Room temperature water alone or a very mild soap can be used to gently clean the area.
· Keep the burned area clean and dry as it heals. The area can be covered with a light bandage if needed. A small amount of an over-the-counter ointment can be applied to keep the bandage from sticking to the skin.
Seek medical treatment when:
· A burn covers a large area, especially if blistering occurs.
· There is extreme pain or loss of sensation.
· Burns occur to the face, eyes, hands or feet.
· A burn involves chemicals or electricity.
· There is smoke inhalation due to fire exposure.
· A burn does not appear to be healing appropriately.
Source: Vanderbilt Regional Burn Center