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
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
should always be seen by a doctor as they may be much deeper than they