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How to treat burns & scalds
Give basic first aid if the burn is minor or while you wait for further medical attention:
- Put the injured area under cool water for 20 minutes. Cool the burn or scald immediately. Run cool water over it for around 20 minutes. This helps with pain and can reduce the risk of scarring and need for surgery. Only put cool water on the burnt skin. Try to keep warm by using layers of clothing or a blanket. This is to prevent hypothermia. This is where their body temperature drops to less than 35 degrees Celsius. This is more likely to happen if the burn is large and you are cooling a large area of skin. Only use burn gels or hydrogels if there is no cool running water nearby. Always apply cool water after using burn gels or hydrogels. A hydrogel is a gel-like dressing for burns. If you can't apply cool water immediately, do it as soon as possible after the injury.
- Remove clothing and accessories - Remove any nappies, clothing and jewellery near the injury, unless they are stuck to the skin. If a piece of clothing is stuck to skin do not remove it, cut around it.
- Do not put anything on the injury - Don't put any of the following on the burn or scald: ice, fats, creams, ointments, lotions, sprays, adhesive (sticky) dressings or plasters.
- Cover the burn loosely with non-fluffy cloth or cling film - Cover the injury loosely if it is likely to rub against objects. Use a clean dry non-fluffy cloth or cling film to loosely cover it - a clean plastic bag may be used if the injury is on the hand. Don't wrap the burnt area too tight. This is because swelling may lead to further injury. Do not pop any blisters. Blisters prevent skin infection. Getting medical attention
When to call an ambulance
Call 112 or 999 for an ambulance if:
- the burn or scald is above the neck
- the patient has difficulty breathing
- the patient is unresponsive