Burned hand

The hand has a burn injury and has been bandaged. The bandage, or parts of it, will have to be changed after a few days, usually 3 days after the accident.

About your visit

You have burned your hand. We have rinsed and cleaned your burn and removed loose skin. We have covered the burn with a bandage and an elastic soft wrap on top of the bandage.

You will be called in for a check-up within three to ten days, depending on the extent of the injury. We will discuss what is best in your case, and when you should come back:

☐ Your bandage or parts of it will have to be changed after a few days, usually three days after the accident or if fluid seeps through the bandage. We will scan your wound at the same time to assess how deep it is and your further treatment. If you did not get a new appointment at the hospital, we will call you about the time and place.

☐ Leave your bandage on for the next ten days, unless it gets wet, or you get symptoms of infection. If your wound has healed after ten days, get your bandage removed by your general practitioner. If your wound has not healed after ten days, contact your general practitioner for further treatment.

When you get home

Contact your general practitioner if there are signs of infection

Call your general practitioner or dial 1813 to reach the medical helpline outside your general practitioner’s opening hours if you experience the following symptoms:

  • you develop a fever
  • you experience a throbbing pain
  • your fingers feel cold
  • your skin becomes warm or swells
  • the wound begin to smell.

Take pain-relieving medicine if you are in pain

You should take pain-relieving medicine if you are in pain. Pain-relieving medicine can be bought over the counter. Take only the amount of pain reliever recommended on the package. Contact your general practitioner if you need help managing the pain.  

Practical precautions

Prevent swelling

To keep your hand from swelling, keep it level with your heart. Rest your arm on a pillow, for example, when you are sitting down.

Move your fingers

Move your fingers as usual, e.g. when eating, drinking or brushing your teeth. Clench and stretch your hand and fingers several times a day. It may hurt to use your fingers, but these exercises are important to keep your skin elastic and to avoid stiff and swollen finger joints.

Avoid nicotine

We recommend that you abstain from nicotine until the burn has healed. Nicotine is found in cigarettes, nicotine gum and nicotine patches. It impairs the healing of wounds.

Avoid direct sunlight

Avoid direct sunlight on scars as long they are red. Scars can stay red for 1-2 years. During this period, the skin is especially at risk of sunburn and can darken. The dark colour will not disappear. We recommend using a sunscreen with a high SPF or wearing clothes that cover the scars.

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