Myth: applying butter to a burn will soo

Myth: applying butter to a burn will soothe the pain

Reality: butter and oil hold in the heat, which is what makes them so good for cooking and so bad for burns.

What to do: to soothe the pain, cool the area as quickly as possible – placing the area under cool (not icy) running water for about 10 minutes before applying an antiseptic or a cooling burns gel, which will quickly ease the inflammation and protect against infection.

Warning: if a burn is larger than a postage stamp or is blistering – always seek medical advice.
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