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He also said any burn or scalds larger than a postage stamp should be seen by a doctor.
If someone has a severe burn or scald they're likely to suffer from shock, because of the fluid loss, so they'll need urgent hospital treatment.
In our study, scalds were the main cause of burn in the majority of patients, similar to other studies.
Hot drinks accounted for 55% of the scald injuries in young children, while for those aged between five and 16, hot water was responsible for half of the total number of scalds.
Use something clean and non-fluffy, like a cotton pillowcase, linen tea towel or cling film, to cover the burn or scald.
Tap water scalds among seniors and the elderly: socio-economics and implications for prevention.
For the purpose of modelling, and based on previous aerial photographs of the study area, it was estimated that the scalds at the site formed subsequent to 1945.
In 2002 five-year-old Holly Devonport, of Ryhill, near Wakefield suffered 55% scalds after accidentally falling into a hot bath.
Pathologist Dr Mark Egan said that death was due to bronchial pneumonia due to pressure sores and long-standing neurological impairment and added: "The findings of the post mortem show that the scalds did not contribute to the death.
Mr Swindle was receiving home care support from Sunderland Council Social Services when he suffered serious scalds to his foot as the bath that had been run for him by a carer was too hot.
Severe scalds also account for more than 20 deaths a year in the UK.