How to Treat an Oil Burn

Oil burns are common household accidents, especially in the kitchen. Whether they are mild, severe, or somewhere in between, all oil burns should be treated with first aid measures as soon as possible. The main concerns are quickly reducing the skin's temperature to prevent the burn from worsening and reducing the risk of infection.

Move away from the source of the hot oil immediately. Remove any clothing or jewellery that may have hot oil on it to prevent it from burning you or anybody trying to help you.

Flush the burnt area with cool running water for about 15 minutes or until the burn has cooled.

Soak a clean cloth in cool water and wring the water out to make a cool compress. Apply the cool compress to the burn injury to relieve some of the pain. You may also apply burn cream or regular lotion to the cooled burn injury to keep it moisturised.

Wrap the oil burn loosely with a bandage or gauze to protect it from further irritation or pressure. Consider taking an over the counter pain reliever for the pain from your oil burn. Acetaminophen or ibuprofen can both help relieve most pain symptoms from mild burns.

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