Diwali is a time when, we are all abuzz with preparations for Poojas, decorating the house, getting the sweets and savories ready, and not to forget, stockpiling the house with firecrackers.

Children and adults alike, we are absolutely crazy about those fireworks. Their mesmerizing colors and the beautiful sparks are all lovely….till one of us gets burnt, as it inevitably happens.

Not to sound like a wet blanket, but there were around 500 burn cases during Diwali last year in 2015, in New Delhi. In one of the hospitals, out of the 192 cases they received, 132 were cracker burns. Almost half of the affected patients were children.

It’s easy to get caught up in all the fun and become careless, resulting in burns.

First aid for cracker burns

You can follow a few steps immediately in case of burns. However, in case of burns bigger than a few centimeters across, a visit to the hospital is definitely in order.

  1. Wash the burnt area with cool, running water for at least 10 minutes, to cool the skin. Don’t use ice on the burnt area.
  2. Apply an antibiotic and antiseptic ointment, and cover it loosely with gauze. Don’t bandage it tightly and do not use cotton on it.
  3. Don’t break the blisters, if there are any on the burn. If they do pop, then wash it with water and mild soap. Apply an antibiotic ointment and cover it loosely with a gauze bandage.
  4. If the skin doesn’t heal in a week, do visit a doctor.

Burns are just a minor part of problems during Diwali. There can be breathlessness, eye or skin irritation, headache, dizziness, cough etc. due to the smoke and dust in the air. Asthma or allergic rhinitis can get aggravated. Sleeplessness and headache are common due to all the noise and excitement.

Keep your skin moisturized and wash it regularly to get rid of the grime and chemicals. Watch out for any allergies.

Make sure to wash your hands before touching anything after bursting crackers, as ingesting the chemicals in the fire crackers isn’t going to do anyone any good. No one wants to celebrate occasions with stomach problems!

Have a spectacular, safe and burn-free festive season.

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