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Nasty burn!

Discussion in 'Health and wellbeing' started by anon4561, Jan 4, 2011.

  1. A few days ago, I managed to tip half a kettle of boiling water over my arm. i forgot that our new kettle wasn't cordless, so when i grabbed it the boiling water spurted out. It almost instantly blistered but as i'd just had the dual tap on hot, and knew i wouldn't have cold water...i grabbed ice pack......then I googled first aid burns...and it said "blister= second degree burn....do not apply ice...." but i already had, so when i removed ice bottle it took a large area of skin with it. I covered it with a special blister bandage for a couple of days........but it seemed to get more painful, so have taken it off...... now have this red raw wound which is weeping, and very red and inflamed. Do I stick another blister patch on......or let it air out? The wound is bright red! (and no, I'm not actually dying so don't intend to see doctor.......!)
     
  2. A few days ago, I managed to tip half a kettle of boiling water over my arm. i forgot that our new kettle wasn't cordless, so when i grabbed it the boiling water spurted out. It almost instantly blistered but as i'd just had the dual tap on hot, and knew i wouldn't have cold water...i grabbed ice pack......then I googled first aid burns...and it said "blister= second degree burn....do not apply ice...." but i already had, so when i removed ice bottle it took a large area of skin with it. I covered it with a special blister bandage for a couple of days........but it seemed to get more painful, so have taken it off...... now have this red raw wound which is weeping, and very red and inflamed. Do I stick another blister patch on......or let it air out? The wound is bright red! (and no, I'm not actually dying so don't intend to see doctor.......!)
     
  3. PlymouthMaid

    PlymouthMaid Occasional commenter

    That sounds very nasty. I remeber reading somewhere that burns larger than the palm of your hand need specialist attention so i would take it to a doc or to casualty to get it looked at and get proper advice.
     
  4. Thanks...the entire area initially was much larger than the palm of my hand but I whacked some aloe vera on it, so the rest of it has died down......apart from this very nasty inch and a half raw patch right in the crook of my arm, and the vein running from crook of elbow to wrist has gone this very blue-black colour (in comparison...i can't actually see corresponding vein on other arm........) f e c k ....should probably get it seen to........
     
  5. lrw22

    lrw22 Occasional commenter

    I've heard this too and second what Plymouth Maid has said. I imagine it could get more nasty if it got infected so best get it checked out.
     
  6. Ok ..thanks to both of you..... i feel a bit stupid going to casualty now as it happened a few days ago......but willl pop in and ask pharmacist advice tomorrow, and if they say see doctor, then I will...thanks (was hoping it would just go away without medical intervention!)
     

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