What are the treatment options for burn pain?

You can reduce the pain of a burn by keeping the burned area elevated to reduce swelling. Also, covering it with dressings and taking an over-the-counter pain medicine can help. Your doctor may prescribe a strong pain medicine. Some types of biologic dressings, such as pig skin or cadaver skin, will also reduce pain.

Burn pain can be treated in a variety of ways, depending on the severity. Minor burn pain may only need cool water to relieve the pain. If the burn pain is a little more extensive, an over-the-counter pain medication may do the trick. More serious burn pain usually requires prescription painkillers, often administered intravenously into the body.

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