How to deal with burns.

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How to deal with burns.

Being burned is painful, unpleasant and it can leave a scar if it is not treated properly. There are some things that you can do to minimise the pain and the risk of scarring.

Liquids.

If you burn yourself with a hot liquid (one that is not a chemical).  If the liquid has not reached any clothing that surrounds that area, remove it immediately. DO NOT remove clothes that are stuck to the skin..

Run your hand under cold water for at least 15 minutes, this is recommended by plastic surgeons as the optimum time for reducing the risk of a scar. Remove any jewellery as quickly as possible, the skin will swell after being burned, so do this as soon as you can to make it easier.

DO NOT put butter or anything like that on the wound. This will seal in any remaining heat, thus burning your skin even further. Don’t cover it in cling film (wrap), leave it exposed for 24 hours.

Object.

If you have burned yourself on an object such as an iron or hair straighteners, the procedure is the same as above.

Chemical burn.

Remove the chemical as quickly as possible, either by dusting off the powder with a cloth or, if it is liquid, run the area under a tap that is on full power. This may be painful, but the chemical must be removed to prevent further damage. Do not attempt to put any chemicals onto the burn to ease pain, the chemical may react and you could be seriously or even fatally injure. If it is a child that has been burned, seek medical attention immediately and try to remove the chemical. If you think it looks bad, take them to the hospital; it really is better to be safe than sorry. If it is serious, they will know what to do, if it isn’t they will understand your concern

Please note: I am not a doctor, but in my previous line of work I suffered with many different types of burns and was given advice by Doctors. If you think it looks serious, seek medical attention.

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