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Burn and scald symptoms

Burns cause:

  • pain
  • a burning feeling
  • redness of the skin
  • swelling
  • blistering or whiteness of the skin (in more serious burns).

At first, it can be difficult to tell how deep a burn is, because it can take around two weeks for a burn area to fully develop.

First aid for all burns includes holding the burn under cool running water for at least 20 minutes. Seek medical help for all burns larger than the size of a 20 cent piece with blisters.

Not sure what to do next?

If you are still concerned about your burn or scald, why not use healthdirect’s online Symptom Checker to get advice on when to seek medical attention.

The Symptom Checker guides you to the next appropriate healthcare steps, whether it’s self care, talking to a health professional, going to a hospital or calling triple zero (000).



Last reviewed: July 2015

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