That snorkel's been just like a snorkel to me! (sailorptah) wrote in little_details,
That snorkel's been just like a snorkel to me!

Scalding damage

I've looked up information about scalding, but most of it seems to talk about burns from steam or boiling water - the kind that happen very quickly.

So what about a scenario in which a thin stream of hot-but-not-boiling water is running down a character's back for an extended (5-15 minutes) period of time?

How hot could the water get without putting him into call-the-hospital-now territory? (Character is disinclined to seek outside medical help, and I don't want him dying just yet.) Could he develop a tolerance for the pain, or would that only happen in the case of serious nerve damage? Anything else to keep in mind?
Tags: ~medicine: burns & smoke inhalation

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