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The 5 keys on how to proceed with a burn

The 5 keys on how to proceed with a burn

These simple, but vital tips can make the difference between a quick recovery and serious complications.

In everyday life, accidents can happen in the blink of an eye, and a burn is one of the most common and potentially dangerous injuries you can face.

Therefore, you have to be prepared and know how to act quickly and effectively if it happens.

These simple, but vital tips can make the difference between a quick recovery and serious complications.

When faced with a burn, the first instinct may be to use ice to relieve the pain, but this can make the injury worse. Instead, it is recommended to cool it with cold water for at least 10 minutes to reduce inflammation and relieve pain. Avoid water that is too cold or hot as it can damage the skin even more.

It’s tempting to want to pop the blisters that can form after a burn, but this increases the risk of infection and delays healing. Let them heal naturally and protect them with a sterile dressing to prevent infection.

  • Protect the burn with a clean bandage

Cover the burn with a clean, loose bandage to protect it from friction and prevent infection. Avoid using cotton or other materials that can come off and stick to the burned skin.

  • Do not stack layers of bandage with creams or homemade substances (toothpastes, plants, others)

Since it is important to keep the burn clean and dry, you should avoid stacking multiple layers of dressing with creams or homemade substances on the injury. Change the bandage as needed to keep it clean and dry until you see a doctor

  • Seek medical attention if necessary

If the burn is extensive, deep, or affects sensitive areas such as the face, hands, or genitals, always seek medical attention immediately. Health professionals can assess its severity and provide appropriate treatment to prevent complications.

Plastic surgeon, member of the Plastic Surgery Society of Buenos Aires. MN. 139,691.

Source: Ambito

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