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How to Treat an Oven Burn
Burning yourself on an oven is a surprising and upsetting event. Your skin may be sore, swollen, red or tender to the touch. In some cases, blisters can form at the burn site. Treatment of oven burns can usually be done at home by cooling the burn and applying protection to the skin. In extreme cases, such as blackened skin or numbness of the skin, the burn is considered a medical emergency and requires medical attention.
Evaluate the extent and severity of the burn. According to MayoClinic.com, first-degree burns affect only the outer layer of skin and cause pain, redness and swelling but do not cause blistering 2. Second-degree burns affect the outer layer of skin and the layer beneath. This causes pain, swelling and blistering. Third-degree burns can give the skin a white or black look, and skin may become numb. Third-degree burns are considered a medical emergency and should be treated by a doctor.
If the skin is unbroken, run the burn under cool water or place in a cool water bath until the pain lessens. Do not put ice on the burn because this can further damage the burnt area. Cool temperatures help reduce swelling and pain.
Cover the burn with a dry sterile bandage or clean dressing while avoiding pressure and friction. Do not use cotton, which will easily enter the wound. Wrapping the burn keeps air from contacting the burn and protects blistered skin.
Take over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen to reduce pain and swelling. Do not give aspirin to children younger than 12. Children recovering from the flu or chicken pox should never be administered aspirin.
Do not burst blisters because this makes wounds prone to infection.
- Do not burst blisters because this makes wounds prone to infection.
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