What's Going Around: How to care for campfire or cooking burns

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) Families are getting ready to squeeze in their last camping trip before schools starts. That's why this week's "What's Going Around" report is about being safe while cooking out or enjoying a campfire.

Nurse practitioner Linda Bowers at McLaren Greater Lansing - Dewitt Family Medicine says it's important to know the different types of burns you can get.

First degree is like a sunburn with redness and swelling but no blisters. A second-degree burn may cause the skin to turn white and splotchy with painful blisters. Third-degree is the most serious and can damage everything down to the bone. The skin will be charred black or white.

First and minor second-degree burns can be treated with cool running water, a non-stick sterile gauze or bandage, and gentle soap and water. Don't use butter, ice or ointments unless a doctor tells you to. Serious second-degree burns and all third degrees require immediate medical attention.

There are a couple things you can do while waiting for an ambulance. Keep the burned area elevated above the heart if possible and cover the burn with a cool, moist cloth or bandage.

Do not try to remove clothing that's stuck to the burn and don't submerge a large burn in cold water.