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How to Treat a Burn From Kitchen Oil

By Michaele Curtis ; Updated July 27, 2017

The most common type of burn is the thermal burn, which is caused by heat or fire. Most thermal burns that occur in the home happen in the kitchen. Hot oil is a frequent culprit of the thermal burn. Hot oil can splash or spill from a pot or pan while you are cooking. If you suffer from an oil burn, you should perform first aid right away to prevent further injury.

Prevent further damage from the hot oil. Move away from the pot or pan the hot oil is in. Keep the hot oil from spreading. Take off any clothing or jewelry that may have been contaminated.

Run cool water over the burn injury for about 15 minutes or until the oil burn starts to cool down. Do not put ice on the burn because you can accidentally damage the burn tissue. Make a compress by running cool water over a clean cloth until it is damp. Apply the compress to your burn injury. This can help relieve some of the initial pain associated with an oil burn.

Apply burn cream to the oil burn. If you do not have burn cream handy, a small amount of lotion will do. The idea is to keep the oil burn moisturized and avoid tissue damage. Wrap the burn injury loosely in a clean bandage or cloth to prevent irritation. Do not wrap the bandage too tight because it can slow down the healing process.

Consider seeking medical help. A mild oil burn may not need further treatment, but seeing a medical professional can't hurt. A medical professional can evaluate your burn injury for signs of infection or other complications. If your burn injury covers an area larger than a handprint or penetrates more than one layer of skin, it may be considered a severe burn and require further treatment. In severe burn cases, you should seek medical attention immediately.

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