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Burns

This advice sheet has been given to help you and/or your relative deal with the burn you have sustained.

Superficial burns to the limbs or body will be dressed with layers of dressings.

Please keep these dressings dry and clean. Take painkillers regularly if it is painful.

Elevation of the affected limb when possible, will help relieve discomfort.

Burns to hands and feet may be treated with antiseptic cream in a plastic bag. The idea of this is to allow the fingers and toes to move to prevent stiffness. The skin may become white and soggy, this is normal and nothing to worry about. It will settle quickly once the limb is removed from the bag. Some burns may take a couple of weeks to heal when treated in this way.

Your burn has been dressed, and this dressing should remain undisturbed until your next attendance at hospital (or with your own family doctor) unless:

1. Fluid seeps through the dressing.

2. It becomes accidentally wet.

3. You experience increasing discomfort after initial improvement.

4. You feel ill and/or develop a temperature.

  -in this case you should return to the Accident Department.


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