Health Tip of the Week, Sponsored by Baton Rouge General: Are you treating kitchen burns right?

    Dr. Jeffrey Littleton

    Touching a hot pan is a regular cooking hazard, but many people treat these minor burns improperly. Did you know cold water and ice are no-no’s when it comes to treating burns? Here’s the right way to treat a first-degree burn. If you are unsure whether you should have a doctor look at your burn, send a photo of the injury to Baton Rouge General’s Regional Burn Center for an evaluation. Read more about safety from Baton Rouge General’s Regional Burn Center.


    • Break contact with the heat source and remove clothing/jewelry before swelling begins.
    • Run cool (not cold) water over the burn until pain subsides or apply a cool, wet compresses.
    • Protect the burn with a sterile, non-adhesive bandage. No butter or ointments—they can cause infection.
    • Take an over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen, acetaminophen or naproxen.

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