If you suffer a minor burn wound, you should first hold it under cool running water for about 10 to 15 minutes until the pain lessens and the wound is clean. Then, treat it with a triple antibiotic ointment or prescription antibiotic treatment and cover it with a sterile gauze bandage.
“Do not burst small blisters,” says Bobbi J. Palmer, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, family nurse practitioner at Saint Francis Medical Center. “Try to keep them intact, because the roof of the blister keeps your wound clean and helps it heal faster.”
If you notice swelling, fever or oozing, the area might be infected, and you should see a doctor right away.
It is important to protect your burn wound from the sun. “You are more likely to get skin cancer in an area that has already been damaged,” says Palmer.
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