Instinctively we all hurry up to cool the burned area, thinking that thus prevents the formation of bubbles, but it only delays the pain that will inevitably occur after 20 minutes.
The conventional wisdom is that when we burn ourselves, for example during cooking, to let the cold water to cool the skin and to prevent blisters.
However, a study published in the Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery, which deals with cosmetic surgery, suggests the opposite.
It turned out that the hot water reduces tissue damage and helps establish normal circulation to the injured areas. In fact, after 24 hours of injury in identical burns that were treated with hot water, the wounds were superficial.
“The cold water helps to reduce the feeling of pain, because cools the skin and nerve endings. However, after 20 minutes the pain occurs again, because the skin temperature was at too low a temperature, “- says Dr. Reto Wettstein , a plastic surgeon from Basel and leader of the study.
Immediately after the occurrence of burns we should let it cool with the cold water, but only for one minute, then warm it to encourage circulation. The recommended water temperature is between 20 and 30 degrees Celsius.