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My skin got burn by accidentally touching hot water. What to do?


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Dr. Sivanath

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Published At October 17, 2019
Reviewed AtJanuary 13, 2024

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I got my skin burn on hot water, by accidentally hitting the electrical heater. What to do?

Answered by Dr. sivanath


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How old is the burn, how much body area is involved, and how severe the burn is? Does it pain?

Let us say if it just happened and is not severe and is superficial, covering small areas, then nursing care is most important. Avoid occlusive dressing. Any deep burn should be shown to the surgeon because it needs expert care to avoid scar and infection.

If a lot of areas are covered, then also you should start some antibiotics to avoid infection, but it needs evaluation.

Nursing care involves cooling but avoid direct application. Cleaning with Povidone, if contaminated and pain management by Paracetamol and NSAIDs (non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like Diclofenac, is usually sufficient.

No steroid application. The itch may be controlled with Levocetirizine.

I hope this helps.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. sivanath
Dr. sivanath

Internal Medicine

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