If you are worried that you or a family member has a burn or scald injury and you think it requires medical attention, you should seek advice from NHS Direct or seek advice from your General Practitioner or local hospital emergency department.
Every year in the UK, around 175,000 people attend hospital accident and emergency (A&E) departments for burns. Depending on how serious a burn is, it may be possible to treat it at home.
For minor burns, keep the burn clean and do not burst any blisters that form. More serious burns will require professional medical attention. For example, burns that will need medical attention include:
A healthcare professional will assess the size and depth of the burn, clean the affected area and apply a dressing. They will also tell you when the dressing should be changed and offer pain relief, if necessary. Larger and more complex burns may require treatment at a specialised burn hospital.
More detailed information and advice about when to seek medical attention can be found on the NHS Choices website.