Why shouldn't I treat a burn with ice?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Burns shouldn't be treated with ice because it can make the body too cold. The affected area that comes in direct contact with the ice can become so cold that additional damage is done. Room-temperature or cool water is best as ice water can pose the same potential problems as ice.

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