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Most burns, such as a sunburn or touching a hot stove, are first-degree burns that can be treated at home. More severe burns may need medical attention, said Zach Baselle, DO, an emergency room physician at Medical City Plano.

What to do for a burn:

  • Cool the burn
  • Cover the burn with a sterile bandage
  • Treat the pain with Tylenol or Motrin, if applicable
  • Use a moisturizing lotion, such as Aloe Vera

However, you will want to seek medical attention if:

  • The burn penetrates deeper into the skin
  • There are charred looking or colored patches
  • There is an inhalation issue

What should you NOT do for a burn:

  • Don’t put ice or ice water on the burn
  • Don’t use homemade salves that you may have read about on the internet
  • Don’t use butter or turmeric
  • Don’t remove clothing that is stuck to the skin as that can cause further damage

These activities may impede a doctor’s ability to properly assess the burn.

At Medical City Healthcare, we’re dedicated to the care and improvement of human life. So we hope you’ll Take Care!

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