Healthy Coping Mechanisms Summary
• Be aware of kitchen hazards this holiday season.
• For minor cuts, apply pressure to the wound with a clean cloth and wash it with soap and water.
• For burns, hold the affected area under cool water for at least 10 minutes and cover it with a non-adhesive bandage or a clean cloth.
• If the burn is larger than 3 inches or third-degree, seek medical attention immediately.
Are you excited about all the delicious foods that’ll be coming out of the kitchen this holiday season? Not only is it time for yummy foods, but it’s also a time when accidental cuts and burns in the kitchen are all too common.
Here are some basic first aid tips:
If you experience a minor cut while cooking, the first thing you need to do is to stop the bleeding. Apply direct pressure to the wound with a clean cloth or bandage.
If the bleeding doesn’t stop After about 10 minutes or blood is spurting out, call 9 1 1 or go to the emergency room. Once the bleeding is stopped, wash the wound with soap and water and apply an antibiotic ointment.
Finally, bandage the wound and keep an eye on it for signs of infection like redness, swelling, or puss. If you experience a first or second degree burn, hold the affected area under cool water for at least 10 minutes or until the pain subsides.
Once you’ve cooled the area, apply aloe vera gel or a topical antibiotic cream to help speed up the healing. Cover it with a sterile non-adhesive bandage or a clean cloth for pain management. Call your doctor about taking an over-the-counter pain reliever.
If you have a burn larger than three inches or a third degree burn, seek medical attention immediately.
I’m Dr. David Long, that was the long story short.