The holiday season is a time to enjoy family, exchange gifts, and eat delicious food. With that comes an increased risks of house fires and cooking burns. From frying up latkes to stringing lights on Christmas trees, burn hazards are everywhere. The good news, according to the National Fire Protection Association, is that holiday burns and fires are almost entirely preventable.
If you get burned while cooking this holiday season, follow these steps to restore your holiday cheer.
Run your burn under cool, running water until the burn’s heat has dissipated. This should take about 10-15 minutes. The running water will cool your burn and remove any debris or irritants that can inhibit healing.
Gently apply a loose, sterile bandage to protect your skin from further irritation, which would delay healing. Be sure to change the bandage as needed.
Do not use ice to cool your burned skin. Ice can cause more damage to your already sensitive skin, which may prevent healing. You should also resist the urge to pop any blisters that may have formed. Popping blisters opens your skin up to infection, complicating the healing process. Be sure to avoid using any home remedies like honey, butter, mayo or oil. Most home remedies are not sterile and can cause infections. Most minor cooking burns typically heal within 5-10 days. Second-degree burns can take up to three weeks to fully heal. Actual recovery time will depend on the location and severity of the burn site. When in doubt, ask your doctor to evaluate your burn.
Don’t let minor burns ruin your holiday season. Treat your cooking burns with ALOCANE® to stop burn pain on contact.