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Are there alternative treatments for electrical burns?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Minor electrical burns may be able to be treated at home, but you should use a burn cream or antibiotic ointment and a bandage. You may have heard that oily substances such as butter and petroleum jelly are good alternative treatments, however, avoid these. These kinds of materials actually keep heat in the wound, potentially increasing the damage. They also raise the possibility of developing an infection. More serious electrical burns will require emergency medical attention.

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