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How can I treat a burn?

05/16/2007

Question:

my 14 year old daughter is 1/2 african american and burned her leg on a go cart what can i do to treat so it does not scare she has medium skin tones and is real worried that it will scare

Answer:

The most important thing to do is to keep the wound moist for the first 10-14 days. This can be done by using vaseline (petroleum jelly) to the site and covering with a dressing (Band-Aid, non-stick gauze pad, etc. depending on the size of the burn). This will not prevent scar formation (loss of color and true scar formation are predicted by the depth of the burn and further trauma by being dried out, rubbed on, scratched, irritated, etc.) but should allow it to heal quicker. Avoid undue pressure, friction, or irritation of the area. See your physician if there are any concerns with infection.

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Response by:

Pranav   Sheth, MD Pranav Sheth, MD
Formerly:
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati