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Burns occupational therapist and nurse discharge clinic

Skin care information

Now that you have been discharged from the Burns Team, here is some useful information for you.

How do I keep my skin clean?

Wash regularly using your normal soap and water.

Do I need to moisturise?

You only need to moisturise if your skin appears dry. Use the cream already given to you on the Burns Unit or a non-perfumed moisturiser.

What should I do in the sun?

Your skin is more sensitive for 2 years after your injury and can blister or burn if exposed to the sun. Make sure you cover all areas with clothes or plenty of factor 50 sun cream. Apply plenty of the cream to any exposed skin at least an hour before going outside and re-apply it frequently and generously. Avoid the sun between 11am and 3pm.

What should I do if my scar becomes itchy?

If your scar becomes itchy, apply moisturising cream. If this does not help, contact the Burns Team.

What should I do if I notice any changes?

If over the next 6 months you notice that any of the healed areas become red, raised or hard please contact the Burns Unit for advice.

Can I go swimming?

Now your burn has fully healed you can do your usual activities such as swimming and football.

Contact us

Lindsey Marris and Rebecca Hubbard are the Burns After Care Nurse Specialists.

Their telephone number is 0114 271 7474.

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Disclaimer

Please note this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s. The details in this resource may not necessarily reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If you have specific questions about how this resource relates to your child, please ask your doctor.

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