I just found this and thought it would be helpful. ------ First aid is very important especially if you don't want anyone to find out. This section is not aimed to be pro SI but to protect those who do SI from getting an infection or coming to any great danger. This is to keep people as safe as possible whilst SIing until they want to/are able to stop. As there are many different forms of SI and so there are different areas of first aid to look at, the treatment for burns is different to that of abrasions (cuts and scratches). A more serious form of SI is breaking bones. This does need to be seen professionally but the treatment of it by first aid may help lessen swelling and make the situation less dangerous and more comfortable. * Burns There are different degrees of burns and these each need to be treated in their own way. They also each have their own characteristics as to how they look and feel. However there are some things that are valid for all types of burns: Never put butter or any greasy ointments or creams onto a burn. These seal the heat into the wound and may cause infection to occur. If the burn covers more than one part of the body seek medical attention. Also seek medical attention if... The burn is on a sensitive area of the body (e.g. hands, face, and feet.) The burn is a third degree burn (see further on in this section for characteristics of third degree burns) The burn is cause by chemicals (also further on in this section.) First Degree Burns First-degree burns damage the outer layer of the skin. The characteristics of first-degree burns are as follows... Redness on the area burned. A mild pain on the area. Swelling around and on the area affected. To treat first-degree burns... Immediately cover the whole of the affected area in cold water. Keep it under cold running water OR Place cold, wet, clean, clothes on it until the pain goes down. Cover the burn with a clean, dry gauze dressing to protect it. Do remember to change the dressing to keep the wound clean and free of infection. Second Degree Burns Second-degree burns are burns, which go through the second layer of skin. The characteristics of second-degree burns are as follows... Blisters Rough, red skin Swelling It is also extremely painful. To treat second-degree burns... Immediately cover the whole of the affected area in cold water OR Place cold, wet, clean, clothes on it. Gently blot the area dry. Do not rub it dry as rubbing may break the blisters increasing the danger of infection. Cover the wound with a dry, sterile bandage. If the burn is on an arm or leg, keep it elevated as much as is possible. Second-degree burns should heal within a few weeks. If there are any complications - Seek medical assistance as soon as possible. Third Degree Burns Third-degree burns are less painful that second-degree burns because the nerve cells in the affected area are destroyed. Although it is less painful it causes more damage. This burn goes through the third layer of skin. The characteristics of a third-degree burn is as follows... A whitish or charred appearance. To treat third-degree burns... DON'T remove any clothing near or on the burn DON'T apply cold water or medication to the burn. Cover the affected area with clean, dry cloths (e.g. strips of a clean sheet.) If burns are on arms or legs, keep the limbs elevated above the level of the heart. If the burn is on the face, there is a danger of difficulty with breathing. * Go to a hospital at once * Don't worry about questions as their main concern is getting the burn treated properly. They will have seen burns similar before and they know how to treat it correctly, which is very important with such burns so that infection does not occur. If it is left untreated serious problems WILL occur, which will in turn cause more problems. Chemical Burns If you are burnt by a chemical take the following steps... Remove clothing on/near the burn. DON'T pull the clothing over the head. You might have to cut the clothing off. Wash the area thoroughly with LOW pressure water for at least 20 minutes. Bandage the area with a clean, dry dressing. Go to get medical attention as soon as is possible.