Last night I had a little cooking accident. I was rushing while making the Chicken and Goat Cheese Mac and Cheese for Mac and Cheese Mondays and I splashed a significant amount of boiling water right onto my foot. I thought I would share my experience with you because maybe someone will learn something from it, and because it is hilarious that I managed to burn my foot while cooking.
- You need to run the burned skin under cool or cold water immediately.
- If the skin is red, like a sunburn, but not blistered it is a first degree burn.
- If the skin is blistered, it is a second degree burn.
- Do not burst the blisters.
- Use clean gauze and burn ointment or neosporin to dress the burn.
- If you have a second degree burn, the blisters will probably burst at some point, if this happens make sure to keep the area clean - you will be prone to infection otherwise.
- Large second degree burns on your feet require medical attention.
- If you have a second degree burn make sure you are current on your tetanus shots.
Unfortunately I was two years overdue for my tetanus booster shot, so I decided to go to the ER. My foot was also in so much pain that I felt the need to do something about it. There wasn't too much that the doctors were able to do for me. I did get my tetanus shot. They explain how to bandage the wound. They gave me lots of gauze and burn ointment. They even gave me a prescription for a pain killer if it starts to hurt too much. Unfortunately there is no magic cure that makes the burn better, they just take time to heal.
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. This information was learn by: 1. reading WebMD 2. Calling a burn hotline 3. Going to the ER.