The burning process is exceptionally painful and analgesia should be given early. Both pharmacological and non-pharmacological methods should be used to control pain.
- Non-pharmacological methods include cooling the burn under cold running water and covering with cling film. Cling film also helps to reduce heat loss and the risk of infection.
- Pharmacological treatment includes simple analgesia such as paracetamol and NSAIDs, as well as stronger analgesia like opioids and ketamine.