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Hello! My mother is a cook. She works in a restaurant near our house and she often accidentally burns her hands or fingers while cooking. When that happens she put her hand under the cold running water and she feels better soon. Usually the affected area is red for the next few days and then it heals. I heard that oil is better for pain. Does cold water eases the pain after burns?

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Hello! Yes, cold water eases the pain after burn and this is the first thing a person should do when a burn happens. Some people think that oil, butter or powder is good for burns but this is not true. Such things can only irritate the skin even more. Ice is also not recommended since it can damage the tissue even more. Cold running water should be applied at least five minutes and then the affected area should be covered with sterile gauze. Of course if the burn is more severe the doctor usually prescribes some pain reliever. And, if the burn is very severe and affects huge area of the body, water is not applied since it can cause shock.
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Hello, Cold water has been proven to make things worse. You should put the affected area under warm running water and thereafter put a bit of oil AND salt on the affected area - the oil will prevent the skin from blistering and the salt will prevent infection because it has antiseptic properties. 

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