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(HealthDay News) — Burns less than 3 inches in diameter usually can be cared for at home.

The U.A. National Safety Council suggests:

  • Hold the burned area under cool running water (or apply a cold compress) until the area is no longer painful when the water or compress is removed. Do not use ice on a burn.
  • Use a sterile, nonstick bandage to loosely cover the burn. Avoid materials that could stick to the wound.
  • Take an over-the-counter pain reliever if needed.
  • Never break a blister or cover a burn with ointment or butter.

— Diana Kohnle

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