Never apply ointments, salves, ice or butter to a burn. This will trap the heat and promote infection.
Sunburns are no different than other types of burns – large blistered areas should be seen in the emergency department.
Burns destroy skin and the loss of skin can lead to infection, dehydration and hypothermia (loss of body heat). Make sure that burn victims get emergency medical help if experiencing any of the following:
- dizziness or confusion
- fever or chills
- cold sweats