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If I have a minor burn how should I cleanse my skin?

Minor burns may be washed with gentle use of mild soap and tap water. Avoid using skin disinfectants, as these may slow down the healing process.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
For a minor burn, cool the burned skin by placing the affected area under cool water for 10 to 15 minutes. You also can put cold, wet compresses on your skin. This helps lower inflammation by pulling heat away from the skin. Cover the burned area with a large gauze bandage.

Call your doctor right away if you notice that the burned skin is becoming more painful or inflamed. Also, any burn in an elderly person, young child, or person with a weakened immune system needs immediate medical attention.

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