Are There Alternative Treatments for Burns? – Alexander Majidian, MD, FACS – Reconstructive Surgeon

– People ask all the time about alternative treatment for burns and really when you are talking about taking care of a burn, the best thing to do is to keep it simple. So, I have seen people
use butter on burns, margarine, mayonnaise, tomato, mustard, ketchup, pretty much most edibles, tomatoes. Toothpaste, mechanics grease. So, really all of these
things, the problem with them – Vaseline – the problem with them is that they not only don’t treat the burn, but they capture and trap that heat. So, if you’ve just burned your hand in the sink or in the oven, the last thing you want to do is to make that heat stay in your hand. So, really the best thing to do, and this isn’t necessarily
alternative treatment, but it’s very simple treatment, is to take care of the burn by washing it. So you run cool water over the burn area, for if you can, 15 to 20 minutes, and then you just dress it
with a nice, clean bandage. And that’s really the best treatment.

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