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How to treat a kitchen burn

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Since joining the Royal Army Medical Corps in 2011, Lance Corporal Townsend has balanced playing football with her role as a Combat Medical Technician. She gives us her top tips to treating a kitchen burn.


“Normally you can self treat a burn, but for bigger burns – anything covering more than the size of the palm of your hand – you need to seek professional medical help.”


“For a minor burn, like from the iron or the steam from your kettle, run it under a cold tap. Leave it under for at least five minutes. That will reduce the blistering aspect.”


“If the wound begins to blister, it means the skin is reacting by cooling itself down – that’s what the liquid in the blister is for. Don’t burst it. It’s there to help the healing process.”


“People treat blisters in different ways. You can cover a blister if it’s on the hand, for instance, to keep it protected from infection.”


“If the blister does burst it’s going to sting, so cover it and make sure it’s clean. Keep an eye on it: an infection can spread. If the redness around the blister gets bigger and tracks up the vein, you’ll need to see a doctor.”


While you’re working on your medical skills, check out the The Royal Army Medical Corps’ tips in an emergency situation, it could just help you save someone’s life.