How to Treat Burn Blisters

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Treating a blister from a burn requires carefully cooling down the wound, applying some antibiotic cream and covering the blister so it can heal. Prevent infection with advice from a paramedic in this free video on treating burn blisters with first aid.

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Hello, my name is Chip, and I'm a paramedic instructor for the state of North Carolina. Today, we're going to talk a little bit about on how to treat burn blisters. Two different ways to treat them. The first one is if you just received the burn, and it just blistered up immediately, and it's still hot the first thing you want to do is cool it down. You want to just apply a little bit of just regular tap water or bottled water to a washcloth and just gently apply it. Just again, you're just trying to cool down. Don't press very hard because we don't want to pop those blisters. And once we cool it down a little bit you could even lay that on there and pour the water on top of it until you make it a little more soaked. Let it soak through. Once it cools down you can take that off. Again, gently blot dry with some kind of clean towel or gauze. Once we do that we do not, again, want to pop those blisters. It will definitely increase infection potential. It will cause prolonged healing time, and we just don't want that. If you have burn blisters throughout a large surface area, an entire arm, your chest, etc., you definitely need to seek medical attention for that because you can have a lot of problems along down the road with that. Also, with burns, we don't want to apply any kind of butter or creams; none of the home remedy type things. A couple of reasons. If you apply those things, like oils, they'll actually trap the heat in and the burning will continue on the skin, and then, if you have to go to a hospital they have to scrub that of. So, you don't want them scrubbing off your oils and butters, and things like that. It would be very painful. As far as the long term treatment goes, once you've dried it off you can cover it with a clean bandage if you're going to go out somewhere, just to protect it. Otherwise, you can keep it open and exposed at home, again, so long as you're not around any kind of dusty or dirty environments. If you don't see you notice improvement in a couple of days you might want to seek medical attention. Again, you want to make sure they don't get infected. And this was basic treatment for blisters and burns. Thank you.

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