Hot water burns or scalding should be treated with cold water and ice packs, according to Health Central. Aspirin or acetaminophen can be taken for pain management.
The application of cold water and ice lessens skin damage and reduces pain when used immediately, advises Health Central. If cold therapy is used too long, frostbite can occur. This method of treatment can be used from five to 60 minutes, but it should be stopped if the burned area becomes numb. Blisters that appear in the burned area should remain intact, and anesthetic creams and sprays should not be used, as they may hinder healing.