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How to treat a hot oil burns on hands and leg?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
How serious?: This can be very serious depending on whether it's 1st, 2nd or 3rd degree and what extent of area is burned. You absolutely should see your doctor unless it's trivial. If trivial, put antibiotic ointment on it, a telfa dressing, and analgesics for pain.
Dr. Joan Gelin
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Immediately !: Remove yourself from the source of heat. Immerse your hands into a cool / room temperature water filled bucket. Pour cool / warm temp water onto your leg. Do not rub the burn areas. Call 911 and get transported immediately to the ed. You may develop second degree burns, and depending upon the amount of skin affected, you may have to go through long time of care by burn specialists.
Dr. Holly Maes
Dr. Holly Maes commented
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Burns on hands can be especially problematic and need prompt, professional attention so they don't scar and you lose function in the hands!!
Oct 29, 2013
Dr. Carlos Satulovsky
Psychiatry 28 years experience
It depends: On the severity of the lesion (degree) and surface affected (percentage of the skin). Combining both, it may range from little intervention (some topical preparations and/or gauze, for example) to immediate transfer to ICU or specialized centers, including eventually life-support measures. Each case should ideally be evaluated and triaged in an er, to determine what is necessary.

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