Minor burn treatment

Minor burn treatment includes cooling, cleansing, and debridement of the wounds upfront.

  • Blisters are usually left intact.
  • Povidone-iodine (Betadine) is cytotoxic and delays wound healing – DO NOT USE ON OPEN WOUNDS.
  • Chlorhexidine can be used in combination with a gauze dressing, and it does not interfere with wound re-epithelialization. It is also long-acting.


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