Scottish Daily Mail - - TERROR ON THE TUBE -

THE flash burn in­juries suf­fered by Par­sons Green commuters yes­ter­day are caused by mo­men­tary ex­plo­sions of in­tense heat.

They can leave vic­tims with ag­o­nis­ing blis­ters, swollen lips and cheeks and their eye­brows and eye­lashes burnt off.

The im­me­di­ate ad­vice is to run the burn un­der a cold tap or tepid run­ning wa­ter for 20 min­utes. But peo­ple like those caught up in yes­ter­day’s ter­ror at­tack could also use a bot­tle of wa­ter and a hand­ker­chief to make a cold com­press.

Flash burns can be third-de­gree burns, but tend to be less se­ri­ous be­cause the burst of heat dis­ap­pears so rapidly.

Baljit Dheansa, lead clin­i­cian for burns at Queen Vic­to­ria Hos­pi­tal in West Sus­sex, said: ‘The prob­lem is if the flash ig­nites peo­ple’s cloth­ing, which can lead to more in­tense and pro­longed burns.’

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