Burns and scalds

Burns and scalds


Burns are caused by dry heat, such as hot objects or the sun. Scalds are caused by hot liquid and steam. The skin may be painful and look pink, red or mottled and there may be blisters.

The burn or scald should be cooled as quickly as possible. Run it under cold water for at least ten minutes. 

If the burn or scald covers a large area or the damage is deep into the skin, cover the area with a sterile dressing or non-fluffy material like cling film or a clean plastic bag and seek urgent medical attention. This could be from your GP, local minor injuries unit, urgent care centre or A&E.

Find out more at the NHS website

Last modified: 

10 Sep 2018