The burning process is exceptionally painful and analgesia should be given early. Both pharmacological and non-pharmacological methods should be used to control pain.

  • Non-pharmacological methods include cooling the burn under cold running water and covering with cling film. Cling film also helps to reduce heat loss and the risk of infection.
  • Pharmacological treatment includes simple analgesia such as paracetamol and NSAIDs, as well as stronger analgesia like opioids and ketamine.
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