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iVillage.com: Kitchen 911: How to Handle Burns, Cuts and Other Cooking Disasters

You Burn Your Hand While Basting the Turkey (or Draining Boiling Water from Cooking Potatoes)

Run cool water over the area for 5 to 10 minutes, says David John, M.D., associate chair of emergency medicine at Johnson Memorial Medical Center in Connecticut. Avoid home remedies such as butter, which don’t work. Apply an antibacterial ointment before covering lightly with a bandage or gauze, says Bret A. Nicks, M.D., spokesperson for the American College of Emergency Physicians. He also suggests an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen, to manage the pain. Get a tetanus shot within 72 hours of any serious cut or burn if yours isn’t current -- within 10 years if you’re healthy or 5 years if you have chronic health issues.

Go to the ER if: The burn has multiple blisters or the skin appears white or charred and has no feeling in it --a sign of a serious burn. See a doctor if the burned area is larger than your palm or if the burn is on your face or over a joint.

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