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Is it okay to put ice on a burn; what about butter or mayonnaise?

Related Topics: Burn, Mayonnaise

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American Pharmacists Association
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Well, the thing is, you don't want to put ice on it. If you put ice on it, believe it or not, the burn is kind of open skin in some cases, so ice will actually adhere to the skin. So when you try to take the ice off of it, you will rip layers of skin with it and possibly cause an infection.

The recommendation is really to use tepid or cool water; not super cold, but right in the middle and submerse the area. Butter and mayonnaise to me are like wives' tales. People believe that they should be putting some type of ointment on it to help replace the moisture in the skin. That is not the case. We found out in a lot of cases now that you need to let the air get to it and let it heal by itself, because when they were putting things like ointments and creams on it, it was trapping in bacteria, leading to skin infections.

If you notice though it's blistering and the area is extremely red.

You probably need to go and have it looked at by a healthcare provider, because there are some prescription ointments and creams that are specifically used for burns.

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