Treating burn injuries is very important if the burn is going to resolve itself in the best possible way. While superficial burns may not leave any scars, more serious burns probably will. However, the outcome can depend on how well the injury is treated initially.
Proper first aid is very important in this respect. The first task is to stop the burning as quickly as you can. For example, if someone is on fire, cover them with a blanket to stop the flames from eating up more oxygen. For smaller burns, you can cover the area with water to put them out. Don’t let any clothing touch the burned area; however, if anything is stuck in the burn itself, don’t attempt to remove it.
Use cool water to bring down the temperature of the burn
Treating burn injuries used to involve putting butter on them, or something similar. This is not recommended today. Instead, use nothing but cool water – not freezing cold – to start cooling down the burned area of skin. Once this has been done for 20 minutes or so, you can carry on treating burn injuries by covering them with a sheet of clean cling film. Don’t wrap it around legs or arms if they have been burned though – instead, use a sheet on top of the burn.
You should seek medical assistance if the burn is serious. If the skin is white or charred, medical help is imperative. The same applies if the burn was caused by electricity or a chemical of some kind. This is because the damage may be severe and must be properly treated.
How did the burn occur?
Most of us have experienced small burns from time to time – usually while cooking. However, you may have suffered a burn that wasn’t your fault. For example, every year some people are injured because others are fooling around with fireworks. In other cases, a lit cigarette may have been dropped by one individual and it started a fire that harmed someone else.
If you can prove negligence on the part of another individual, a compensation claim for your injuries may be in order. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 so you can find out whether this might apply to you. We could have an answer for you much sooner than you may think, so speak with our experts now.
Date Published: January 25, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead