Friday, July 25, 2008

Burns are also wounds

Treating minor burns fast is essential. Cool the area with cold water or a cold pack to limit tissue damage and relieve pain. A pack of frozen peas or mixed vegetables will work just as well. An ice cube held in several layers of tissue or cloth is also quite effective.

Apply the cold pack (separate it from the skin by several layers of gauze or similar thin material) for about 30 minutes, after which the pain is usually reduced (remember that this applies to minor burns only.)

If the burn blisters (as with most burns), try preserving the blister as long as possible- the blister fluid is the perfect growth medium for repair of the burned skin.

Source: Health care booklet from Guardian pharmacy

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