Burns have got to be one of the most challenging things we see in our practice. Sadly and often burns seem to happen when the doctor’s surgery has closed. So we thought it best to write a few words on simple management that can be done at home.
Here are some tips we give to our patients for simple superficial burns!
- The BEST thing you can do is to place the burn under cold tap water for 30 minutes (fantastic for analgesia as well). Avoid ice!
- Avoid the need to remove clothing that may be stuck to the burn, however it so important to remove clothing that may have been wet with hot liquid if possible. For any garment that is stuck to the burn, immediate medical help should be sought.
- See your family doctor as soon as possible, burns require special dressings and regular review. The appropriate dressings may be the difference between an infected and uninfected wound.
- Don’t forget that burns really hurt, always give pain relief using Panadol or Nurofen if available at home or even use both together.
- ALL BURNS to head, neck, genitals and hands and feet require URGENT medical attention.
And once again I cant stress enough…
IF YOU HAVE ANY DOUBT ABOUT A BURN GET IMMEDIATE MEDICAL HELP!
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