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Question by  mimitj (10)

What is the best first aid treatment for a friction burn?

My son has a friction burn on the back of his legs, I am not certain if I should take him to the doctor or if he will get well with OTC medication.


Answer by  bigwig (654)

If the "burn" is just on the surface of the skin, you should clean it and treat it with antibiotic cream to make sure it doesn't get infected. It may help to cover it with bandages so it doesn't get worse or hurt him. OTC medication should do it, unless an infection appears.


Answer by  rosieposey78 (1304)

The burn should be treated like any other burn. First, cool water can be run over the area to clean it out. Pat the area dry and carefully apply antibiotic ointment. Cover it with non-stick gauze and tape. If after cleaning the area, any seepage of pus or red streaks occur take him to the doctor.


Answer by  catman529 (809)

Just wash it thoroughly with soapy water and pat dry with a soft cloth. If the wound came in contact with soil, might want to make sure his tetanus shot isn't in need of a booster. I learned to use soap and water when I got certified in first aid.


Answer by  raven (241)

To treat a friction burn the first thing to do is make sure it is free from dirt or any other foreign objects. Wash under cool water for 10-15 minutes to do this and ease pain. Dry gently then apply burn cream. Next cover the area with gauze.


Answer by  Sheila (147)

The best treatment for a friction burn would be first to keep it clean with a mild soap and water or hydrogen peroxide. It is also important to use an antibiotic ointment to prevent infection and to keep the area somewhat moist to aid is scar prevention.

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