Minor burns are common during winter – using heaters, filling hot water bottles, and enjoying cups of hot soup and tea all present hazards…
How to treat a minor burn at home, and how to tell when a burn needs medical attention:
- Immerse a minor burn in cool water immediately. This relieves the pain to an extent and cools the skin. The longer you do this the better.
- Cover the burn with Burnshield or a special burn ointment (every family first aid kit should contain this!). In many cases, this can avoid a large painful blister from forming.
- Cover with a sterile, non-stick dressing to prevent infection, especially if the skin has blistered and you suspect you may need to seek further treatment.
- Aloe vera gel can help soothe superficial burns after initial treatment with burn ointment
Get medical advice for burns:
- That are deep or larger than the palm of your hand
- To the face, hands or across joints
- That contain blisters or that darken or break the skin
- That are not completely clean
- That cause prolonged pain.