The holiday season is here, and for many, that means cooking and preparing
their home for family and friends. One preventable injury that can often
happen while rushing through the holiday prep is a cooking burn. If one
does occur, it’s important not to panic and act swiftly to avoid
infection. Here’s what you should know:
Cool It and Check it
When a burn occurs, the first thing you’ll want to do is remove any
clothing or jewelry around the area. Cool the area with water (not ice)
to reduce the pain, and minimize any swelling. Keep the area immersed
or under running cold water for 15 to 20 minutes. Once you’ve cooled
off the area, you’ll want to assess the burn to see if medical attention
Identifying a Mild Burn
A mild burn will be red, painful, dry, and cause minor swelling. A severe
bun is often extremely red and blisters immediately. You also might be
sore and have a splotchy pattern in the affected area.
Protecting a Burn
You’ll want to keep the area covered with a sterile and non-adhesive
bandage. This will keep your chances for infection low. The sooner you
cover it, the safer it will be. Apply a petroleum-based ointment a few
times per day, but avoid any lotions, oils, or creams. If pain occurs,
you may take over-the-counter pain relievers.
When to head to the Walk-in Clinic
Small blisters may appear a few hours after the burn. Leave them be and
avoid popping them, as this can lead to infection.
If a blister is bigger than a quarter, you’ll want to head to the
Walk-in Clinic in Gillette, Wyoming. Medical care is necessary if the burn involves your
face, fingers, or hands, seems infected, or is three inches in diameter.
If blisters immediately appear or the burn goes through the muscle or
bone, you’ll want to head to the doctor immediately.
If a mild burn does occur during your holiday preparing, we can provide
you with the personal and quality care you need.
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