(HealthDay News) -- A minor burn can be caused by fire, steam, or a hot liquid or object, and can scald the skin. The skin may be painful, turn red, and blister or peel.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine makes these suggestions about caring for a minor burn:
- For skin without an open wound, hold the area under cool, running water or allow it to soak in cool water (not ice water). Or apply a cold, wet and clean towel.
- Apply a clean bandage or dressing over the burn.
- Don't allow the skin to be exposed to friction or pressure.
- Use an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen (never aspirin for children under 12).
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