Treat a scald right away by putting it in cool water. Cool the scald for three to five minutes.
2. Uncover the scald.
Remove all clothing, diapers, jewelry and metal from the scalded area. These can hide underlying scalds and retain heat, which can increase skin damage.
3. Recover the scald with a clean, dry cloth.
Do not apply creams, ointments, sprays or other home remedies.
For certain scalds, seek medical attention.
If the scalded area is bigger than your fist or if you have any questions about how to treat it, seek medical attention right away. See your doctor as soon as possible if the scald does not heal in two to three days.
Information from the U.S. Fire Administration was used in this article.