Burn Care

Burns hurt your skin. When your skin is hurt, it is easier to get an infection. Follow your doctor's directions to help prevent an infection.

HOME CARE

  • Wash your hands well before you change your bandage.

  • Change your bandage as often as told by your doctor.

  • Remove the old bandage. If the bandage sticks, soak it off with cool, clean water.

  • Gently clean the burn with mild soap and water.

  • Pat the burn dry with a clean, dry cloth.

  • Put a thin layer of medicated cream on the burn.

  • Put a clean bandage on as told by your doctor.

  • Keep the bandage clean and dry.

  • Raise (elevate) the burn for the first 24 hours. After that, follow your doctor's directions.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have too much pain.

  • The skin near the burn is red, tender, puffy (swollen), or has red streaks.

  • The burn area has yellowish white fluid (pus) or a bad smell coming from it.

  • You have a fever.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.