Burns and scalds are some of the most common accidents around the home, but fortunately many minor burns heal without scarring. However, some old wives’ tales can do more harm than good. Here’s what you should (and shouldn’t) do:
- Submerge the burnt area in cool or tepid water for 10 to 30 minutes. Never put ice on a burn – this can cause more damage to the skin.
- Putting butter or oil on a burn not only doesn’t help, it can also effectively fry the skin!
- Remove clothing or jewellery near the burnt area, but don’t try to remove any fabric stuck to the skin, as you could damage the skin further.
- Never burst any blisters that form. The skin forms a blister to provide a protective barrier.
- Electrical or chemical burns may not look serious, but all burns are potentially dangerous. Go to your nearest hospital casualty department as soon as possible.