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Encourage the patient to drink this mixture (Fig. 3). Give the burned person plenty of liquid. If the burned area is large (more than twice the size of his hand). make up the following drink : \ -- Fig. ,. . : of soda. '. ' . • r~ Also put in 2 or 3 tablespoons of sugar or honey and some orange or lemon juice if possible. Do not: • • • • handle the burned areas; prick any blisters; apply lotion or ointment; remove skin or pieces of cloth etc. which are stuck to the burnt skin. The burned person should drink th is as often as poss ible.

The patient has difficulty in passing urine and maybe in passing stools also. The urine may dribble , drip, or the opening may have become blocked completely and the patient may not have been able to pass urine for many hours. • Fever, if the urine has become infected. • The patient may be sleepy or confused. It is important to distinguish between an enlarged prostate and gonorrhoea. Both can make it difficult to pass urine and in a young man the cause is likely to be gonorrhoea. Treatment Signs and symptoms • Seek advice immediately.

Remove all bits of dirt, blood clots, dead or badly damaged flesh. Rood out the wound with boiled water. • Soak the wound in water to which potassium permanganate has been added (1 teaspoonful potassium permanganate to 1 bucket of water). • Paint the wound with gentian violet or put antibiotic ointment on the wound. • Cover with a clean bandage. • If the wound isvery deep, isa bite, or ifthere is the slightest chance that it still has dirt in it, give an antibiotic (for dosages see the pharmacopoeia).

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