Health Tip: Caring for Minor Burns01/26/12
(HealthDay News) -- Minor burns, although painful, often can be
treated at home. Proper care can help them heal faster while
reducing the risk of infection.
The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests how to care
for a minor burn:
- Soak the burned skin in cool water for a minimum of five
minutes to help limit swelling.
- Coat the burned area with a protective healing agent, such as
an antibiotic ointment or aloe vera.
- Wrap a dry gauze bandage loosely around the burn area for
protection from air and infection.
- If needed, take an over-the-counter pain-relieving
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