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Burns & Scolds

Reduce the pain and minimise the damage immediately by pouring cool water on a burn or scold. The easiest way to do this is to hold it under a running cold tap. Continue cooling it for 10 to 15 minutes until the pain is starting to settle. Reddened areas which have not blistered are superficial burns and should get better in a few days without further treatment. Simple painkillers such as paracetamol will help relieve the pain. 

When to see your doctor...
If large areas of the skin are blistered or broken, you will need a protective dressing to prevent infection, so consult your doctor or attend the local casualty department that day. Cover the blistering with a clean dry dressing until the doctor or nurse can see you. Clingfilm makes an ideal temporary dressing as it does not stick to the burn.

Electrical burns should always be seen by a doctor as they may be much deeper than they first appear.


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