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.