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Treating a boiling water burn

Treating a boiling water burn

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What to use: towel/sheets/washcloth, burn gel, sterile gauze, sterile bandages, pain reliever.

The basics of a burn

  • Check which is the degree of the burn. If the skin is red and swollen, then it may be a first degree burn.
    If blisters appear and the burn is swollen, they you may have a second degree burn, meaning that the second layer is burned. When all skin layers are burned, there is third degree burn and you must address to emergency immediately.
  • A first degree burn of a large area of a joint, buttocks, feet, hands, face or groin is an extremely dangerous burn. Same is the case of a second degree burn that has a diameter larger than 3 inches.
  • In case of first and second degree burns, coll the area using running cold water. If you can't use running water, take a wet gauze soaked in cold water. Don't use ice as it may cause frostbite.
  • Use a burn gel on the burn for relieving pain and for preventing infection.
  • Take a gauze and loosely dress the burn.
  • You can take an aspirin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen for swelling and for relieving the pain.

In case of severe burns

  • Address to emergency immediately.
  • Don't remove the burned clothing and don't apply any ointments. Moreover, don't use running cold water on large areas.
  • Take a moist bandage, a towel or a sheet and cover the burned area. it's important to separate the burned toes and fingers and the to cover them with the gauze.
  • If the burn is not on the head, back, neck or leg, it's advisable to elevate the victim's feet in order to prevent shock. Do not put pillow under the victim.
Tag: blisters, boiling water burn, burn gel, emergency assistance, first degree burn, pain killer, relieving burn pain, second degree burn, severe burn, sterile gauze, swollen burned arrea, third degree burn

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