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How do I treat an extremely severe burn?

If you or a loved one experience a severe burn, call 911 immediately. Then, place a cool compress on the wound and seek emergency care. Learn more from Brian Evans, MD, from West Hills Hospital & Medical Center in this video.
Alexander M. Majidian, MD
Plastic Surgery
A burn that is a significant size should be seen by a professional, says Alexander Majidian, MD, FACS of the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital. In this video, he explains how to treat severe burns. 

Start by calling 911. Do not remove burned clothing because it might still be attached to the skin. Jewelry and clothing that is clearly not attached to skin can be removed. Do not place large burns in cold water -- this could induce shock. Try to elevate the burn and apply a moist, sterile bandage. When blisters are present, don't break them because that will increase your risk of infection.

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