With flu season underway, it’s natural to want reassurance from your GP. But Christmas closures are looming – so what can you do if you get sick or injured this week? We spoke to GP Dr Jeff Foster for top advice on when you do, and don’t, need medical attention. Burns In the chaos of cooking, it’s easy to get a burn off the oven or while steaming broccoli. Note how deep it is, and where. Superficial burns affect the surface – they turn red, hurt and maybe blister. Pain tends to be a good marker. Run it under cold water for 10 minutes or more. Cover blisters, don’t pop them. Partial thickness burns tend to heal well but, if the area is large, you might need to see a doctor for wound dressing. Full thickness burns are a worry. Instead of going red, they appear white or black where skin and nerves have been destroyed. They need medical attention in A&E straight away and can lead to ulceration or skin loss. But these aren’t caused by a bit of turkey fat spitting – they are more often severe electrical burns or from submersion in hot water. WATCH OUT: If… Read full this story
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