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How can you cool a second-degree burn?

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To cool a second-degree burn:

  • Immerse in cool water for 10 or 15 minutes.
  • Use compresses if running water isn’t available.
  • Don’t apply ice. It can lower body temperature and cause further pain and damage.
  • Don’t break blisters or apply butter or ointments, which can cause infection.

From: Thermal Burns Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: “Mass Casualties: Burns.”

Family Doctor: “First Aid: Burns.”

Subbarao, I. , Random House Reference, 2009. AMA Handbook of First Aid and Emergency Care

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Hot Tips: First Aid for Burns.”

Merck Manual: “Burns.”

New York-Presbyterian: “Burns.”

Thermal Burns Information from eMedicineHealth

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 29, 2017

SOURCES:

CDC: “Mass Casualties: Burns.”

Family Doctor: “First Aid: Burns.”

Subbarao, I. , Random House Reference, 2009. AMA Handbook of First Aid and Emergency Care

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Hot Tips: First Aid for Burns.”

Merck Manual: “Burns.”

New York-Presbyterian: “Burns.”

Thermal Burns Information from eMedicineHealth

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 29, 2017

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