All A to Z Topics

Burns and scalds

Syndication_logo
Introduction
Burns and scalds are damage to the skin caused by heat. Both are treated in the same way.
Symptoms of burns and scalds
The symptoms of a burn or scald will vary depending on how serious it is. Some minor burns can be very painful, while some major burns may not hurt at all.
Treating burns and scalds
It is essential to apply appropriate first aid to any burn or scald as soon as possible. This will limit the amount of damage to your skin.
Recovering from burns and scalds
How long it takes to recover from a burn or scald depends on how serious it is and how it is treated.
Complications of burns and scalds
Burns and scalds can sometimes lead to further problems, including shock, heat exhaustion, infection and scarring.
Preventing burns and scalds
Many severe burns and scalds affect babies and young children. The following advice can help reduce the chances of your child having a serious accident.