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What should you do if you burn yourself ?

Scalds and burns can happen to anyone , even if you ’ re careful . Here ’ s what to do if you get burned .
1 . Run the affected area under a gentle stream of cool water for at least 10 minutes . In addition to easing the pain , cooling your skin will help limit the severity of the injury .
2 . Clean the wound with a mild
Burn-care don ’ ts
If you burn yourself , remember :
• Don ’ t leave your rings on if the injury is on your hand
• Don ’ t apply butter or a greasy ointment to the wound
• Don ’ t break blisters ( this will increase the risk of infection )
• Don ’ t cover the burn with a material that can get stuck to the wound soap and pat it dry with a clean towel .
3 . If your skin looks damaged , cover the affected area with a sterile gauze bandage . You can also apply an antibiotic ointment to help prevent infection .
If the wound is itchy , swollen or painful , consult your pharmacist . You may be able to take an antihistamine , anti-inflammatory or analgesic to reduce your discomfort .
If the burns are white or charred , cover a large area of your body or are unbearably painful , seek medical assistance right away .

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