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Minor burn - March 24th 2017, 05:03 PM

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I just burned myself for the first time I think. there is red lines and it burns. How am I supposed to take care of it?


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Re: Minor burn - March 24th 2017, 06:00 PM

Hi, Essa.

It does not replace seeking medical attention but here is helpful information from the First Aid Information thread:

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1. Flood injured part with cold water for at least 10 minutes to stop burning and relieve pain.
2. Gently remove jewellery, watches, belts, etc before it starts to swell.
3. Cover area with sterile dressing or a clean, non-fluffy pad and bandage losely in place. A plastic bag or kitchen film would also make a temporary covering. This will prevent infection.

If blisters appear, do not burst them. Apply a non-adhesive dressing that extends beyond the edges of the blister and leave in place until it subsides.
You may find Aloe Vera soothing as well. In the meantime, take good care of it, don't pick at it even if it becomes tempting, keep it covered and take steps in preventing an infection. If you feel that the burn is more than just a minor burn, or you see any signs of infection such as increasing pain/soreness, swelling, redness, pus inside/oozing out of the wound or other symptoms, it'd be a great step to go to the doctor for further treatment.

I am sorry you have burned your skin. I hope you are able to refrain from burning in the future as it is easy to develop an infection that way. You deserve much better than self-harm. Take care and remember that we're here if you need anything, okay? Let me know how you're doing, Essa!
   
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Re: Minor burn - March 24th 2017, 09:01 PM

Dear Essa,

as Nala mentioned you should soak your hand in cold water. Have you got any ointments or gels for burns at home? They're very relieving and good for burnt skin. Don't pop blisters.
Sorry to hear that you burnt yourself. I hope you'll get better soon. Keep us updated on your condition and don't hesitate to send me a message if there's anything you'd like to talk about. <3
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Re: Minor burn - March 25th 2017, 04:09 AM

Hi Essa,

I have burned myself a few times. In order to take care of them, I would run it under cold water, as was mentioned above. I then put ointment on it with a bandaid.

If it gets worse, make sure you go to the hospital. It will be sensitive for a while.



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Re: Minor burn - March 26th 2017, 08:00 AM

As others have posted, I've burnt myself before for self harm. I found that what the first aid thread said was true. Cold water works wonders, and there's over the counter burn ointment, however, as mine were minor I did not cover them up, I let the air get to them to let the burns breathe.

Also, when it starts healing it will itch and become dry - when that happens putting on some bag balm will relieve the itching. I had to get medical attention for that reason, and bag balm was what my doctor suggested in the healing stage.


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Re: Minor burn - March 27th 2017, 02:11 PM

Everyone else has given you great advice, though there is something I would like to add. From what I understand, and have experienced, burns can get infected quite easily. I know people sometimes want an infection after self-harming, but burn infections are very unpleasant and concerning. Even if you aren't up for self-care, try to take care of your burn as best as you can because an infected burn can be scary.


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