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Would butter on burns help or harm?

Short anwser: Never put butter, oil, etc, on a burn. This would worsen the burn. Putting butter, oil, or anything else would trap heat and make the burn deeper. It would also make further treatment ...
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Any evidence that "burning off tastebuds" increases oral cancer risk?

I'll limit this to alcoholic mouthwash and capsaicin, the chief spiciness compound in chilis. Alcoholic mouthwash I am too much of a wuss to do spicy foods. However, when I read the "burning off ...
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First aid for minor burns

Your manual is doing well despite its old age, but: Nowadays, we no longer apply ice though, just water: Do not use ice to cool a burn. Ice can cause frostbite very quickly when used on a burn ...
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First aid for minor burns

Burn treatment has changed over the years. When I was in the USMC Air Wing many decades ago, I suffered some pretty bad burns on both hands by trying to push a jet engine starter (turbine engine) with ...
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How risky is it to try a dog shock collar (e-collar) on yourself?

For a one off experiment, a search of YouTube suggests that while uncomfortable, testing a dog shock collar on yourself is not particularly risky. That said, if you wish to avoid the discomfort, ...
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Why do burn wounds benefit from cooling (beyond the first few seconds of actually lowering the temperature back to regular skin level)?

Cooling burn-injured skin has a benificial effect on the extent or depth of the wound. This cannot fully be explained by only "taking away the heat". We know this, because delayed cooling still has a ...
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Third-degree burn - Home treatment

The skin has several tasks. Among these are: defense against outside threats like infection keeping the body temperature as constant as possible keeping the moisture inside With large second/third ...

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