admin | April 9, 2015 | Health |
The conventional knowledge is that burns should be treated with cold water in order to cool the skin, thus preventing formation of blisters.
However, a study published in a magazine that deals with aesthetic surgery says that this isn’t true.
It turns out that hot water reduces tissue damage and helps restore normal blood circulation in the injured parts. Specifically, during the 24 hours following the injury.
“Cold water helps reduce the feeling of pain because it cools the skin and nerve endings. However, after 20 minutes the pain reappears because the skin temperature is too low.” – Says Reto Vitstein, a plastic surgeon from Basel.
After burning yourself, treat the burn with cold water, but only for a minute.Then, treat it with warmer in order to boost circulation. The preferred water temperature is between 20 and 30 degrees Celsius.