The Do’s and Don’ts of Treating a Burn

July 8, 2013 | By | Comments (3)

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With barbecue season in full swing, your chances of accidentally burning your finger (or palm, or arm) are on the rise. You probably already know what you should do if that painful accident befalls your skin (run the burn under cold water, then apply a loose bandage), but do you know what you should never do?

Surprisingly, you should not put an ice pack on a burn: It can damage your skin and worsen your injury.  You should also never pop blisters, or apply antibiotics or butter (many a grandma’s remedy) to burns. All of these steps can breed infection.

To ward off another summer threat—food poisoning from dishes left out in the sun—check out these food safety tips.


  1. PigLove

    Great post! I will definitely print this for mom. She is Queen of burning herself in the kitchen. XOXO – Bacon

    July 8, 2013 at 5:00 pm
  2. marc drogin

    I’ve always had an aloe plant growing on the kitchen windowsill wherever I’ve lived. And I know from experience that the juicy pulp from a torn -open segment instantly relieves the pain. Is it no longer considered a good solution to the average kitchen burn?

    July 10, 2013 at 12:07 pm
  3. ayush burman

    ya..ya aloe vera plants are very gud 4 treating skin ailments..

    November 11, 2013 at 11:33 am

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