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Burns, remind me, keep covered or uncovered ??

(59 Posts)
IllegallyBrunette Sun 27-Jul-08 10:08:39

I burnt my arm on the cooker last night and it seemed ok until this morning when I forgot about it and knocked the skin off the burn.

It is now very red and weepy, and hurts quite a bit.

Should I put anything on it or leave the air to get to it ?

IllegallyBrunette Sun 27-Jul-08 10:15:52

Anyone ?

Whizzz Sun 27-Jul-08 10:24:29

Ouch - info here

Whizzz Sun 27-Jul-08 10:26:06

and here

IllegallyBrunette Sun 27-Jul-08 10:27:55

Thanks Whizz, it doesn't mention covering it, so will leave it is i think.

Only problem is I keep knocking it because of where it is.

BBBee Sun 27-Jul-08 10:30:57

my NHS direct book says:
cool with water (but was yesterday so you don;t need to do this!)

do not apply creams or ointments

cover with a clean, dry, non-fluffy cotton cloth e.g. hankercheif

take some painkillers (doh!)

if it gets worse call NHS direct

BBBee Sun 27-Jul-08 10:31:33

(doh! was to the book not you!)

IllegallyBrunette Sun 27-Jul-08 10:32:43

I have plasters but thats about it i think, only other dressings I have are bandages.

Next time I will let the dinner fall on the floor instead of trying to catch it LOL.

IllegallyBrunette Sun 27-Jul-08 10:33:20

LOL thanks BBBee

ScottishMummy Sun 27-Jul-08 10:36:26

non-adhesive dressing to maintain skin integrity and not cause lotions creams

Cover the wound with a non-adherent dressing hydrocolloid dressing. Apply a secondary non-fibrous absorbent dressing such as a dressing pad, and secure well with a light-weight bandage or tubular gauze bandage.

if it does not heal see gp

ScottishMummy Sun 27-Jul-08 10:37:28

definitely no plasters!

IllegallyBrunette Sun 27-Jul-08 10:40:43

Will go and see what I can find.

ScottishMummy Sun 27-Jul-08 10:41:31

try boots own brand or any chemist

IllegallyBrunette Sun 27-Jul-08 10:47:13

Have found a standard sterile dressing, but i think it will stick to the burn, as it is basically a flat piece of cotton wool with a bandage either end.

Local chemist is shut, and Boots will mean taking al three kids with me on the bus, which will cost me £6 before I have even brought anything.

Can I just be careful and keep it dry ??

It is still weeping a bit but the redness has calmed down a bit.

ScottishMummy Sun 27-Jul-08 10:49:55

clean cling film, lightly layer it on not too cotton wool stick stick to burn

ScottishMummy Sun 27-Jul-08 11:01:21

are you ok?What treatments work for minor burns and scalds?"

IllegallyBrunette Sun 27-Jul-08 11:01:34

Ahh clingfilm I do have.

Thanks SM smile

BBBee Sun 27-Jul-08 11:17:07

how big is the burn? are you okay?

IllegallyBrunette Sun 27-Jul-08 11:34:04

Oh yes I am fine smile

The burn is about an inch by half an inch, so not big. It is on the underside of my arm just below my elbow so every time I put my arm down I keep catching it on whatever surface, or it sticks to my clothes.

Have wrapped clingfilm around it now, so hopefully that will do the trick.

It doesn't hurt as much anymore.

IllegallyBrunette Sun 27-Jul-08 17:27:38

Have just taken the clingfilm off because it was starting to feel sore again, and it is still really weepy and hurts again now.

Should I cover it back up again or leave it ??

BaDaBing Sun 27-Jul-08 17:29:40

You may not believe me, but I always put honey on burns and cover in cling film - earlier the better! You will realy help along the healing process, even if you do it now.

IllegallyBrunette Sun 27-Jul-08 17:30:29

Damn, don't have any honey.

ScottishMummy Sun 27-Jul-08 18:34:02

keep it covered & clean.can you get to a chemist or GP get it dressed?be vigilant it doesn't get infected

IllegallyBrunette Sun 27-Jul-08 18:52:09

I am going to cover it with clingfilm again to keep it clean, and then I will go to the chemist and ask for advice tommorow.

It stings alot

ScottishMummy Sun 27-Jul-08 19:42:23

yes good idea,do keep us posted how you are


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