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Treatment of a Burn Injury – What NOT to Do

Posted on August 24th, 2016

Burn injuries can be serious, resulting in nerve damage, scarring, disfigurement, and emotional damage. There are things you can do to reduce the severity of a burn injury at the time of the accident, but some things can actually result in making a burn worse. Below are some important tips on what to AVOID when you treat a burn injury: #1. DON’T Break Blisters If you skin blisters as the result of a burn injury, it’s important to try to keep the blisters in tact. Breaking small blisters (the Mayo Clinic says these are blisters small that your little fingernail) can result in infection and worsened scarring. If blisters do break, gently clean the affected area with water and a mild soap. Apply an antibiotic solution and cover the area with a gauze bandage that won’t stick to skin. #2. DON’T Expose the Burn to Sun Burns can already leave significant scarring, but exposing a burn injury to the sun too soon can result in further blistering and long-lasting marks on the skin. Burns require the skin to cool to fully heal, and sun exposure doesn’t achieve this. Burn experts recommend shielding burns from sun for at least three years…

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