2. Save Butter for Cooking
You may have heard that butter is a good item to spread on burns. However, this old wives’ tale is best ignored. When you suffer a burn, your best course of action is to allow the skin to cool down. Applying butter or greasy ointments to an injury traps heat in the area and can lead to further skin damage. For minor burns that don’t require emergency medical treatment, the Mayo Clinic advises holding the burned skin under cool running water before applying moisturizer and a bandage.
1. Watch for Signs of Infection
Sometimes a cut, scrape, or scratch can become infected. According to Medline Plus, signs that a wound is infected may include redness, pain, and drainage from the area. Drainage from the injury may be yellow, green, or clear. Fever and persistent pain are other signs of infection. Advanced Tissue warns that if the area becomes swollen or hot to the touch, you may have an infection. Furthermore, red streaks that extend from the cut are known as lymphangitis and indicate a spreading infection.