Top tips to avoid a scar from a minor burn
As Bonfire Night approaches, our minds turn to toffee apples, tiffin and things that go bang in the night sky.
We don’t want to be party poopers but it’s also really important to turn your mind to some basic first aid knowledge in case the worst does happen.
Latest NHS statistics show that 4,506 people visited A&E from 2014-2015 for treatment of a firework-related injury. This is a huge 111% increase from the injuries reported in 2009-10.
According to St John’s Ambulance, the most common injuries that theirr volunteers are required to treat at Bonfire Night gatherings are burns, debris in the eye from bonfires and fireworks, and smoke inhalation.
So, just in case, here is our quick guide to treating a minor burn.
- Cool the burn with water for 10-30 minutes. Do not use iced water, any creams or butter.
- Remove any clothing or jewellery that is near the burn. Do not remove anything which is stuck to the skin.
- Make sure the injured person keeps warm. If you use a blanket make sure it doesn’t rub against the burn.
- Cover the burn by placing a layer of cling film over it.
- Seek immediate professional, medical advice for any serious burns.
After a few days, and as long as the burn is not weeping or you have any open wounds, then you can begin using Solution for Scars on the affected area in order to help prevent a scar forming.
Apply several times a day and massage into the area for at least a minute as this can also help avoid a scar developing.
We also advise taking regular photos of your scar to compare its appearance before and after using Solution for Scars.