Are there alternative treatments for burns?

Minor burns can be treated at home with cold water and some aloe or antibiotic ointment. 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 burns will require emergency medical attention.

Alexander M. Majidian, MD
Plastic Surgery
The best thing to do to take care of a burn is washing it, says Alexander Majidian, MD, FACS of the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital. In this video, he explains the do's and don'ts of treating a burn. 

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