Learn when to seek professional care for your burn
It’s the holiday season and you are cooking a nice meal for your family. As you are pulling the perfectly cooked roast out of the oven, your unprotected arm grazes the side of the oven and immediately, you feel the pain of the burn. You quickly assess and wonder, “What's the best way for caring for burns? Do I need to see a doctor?”
Burns can be tricky; if you burn yourself, it could be more serious than you think. Depending on the type of burn, it may need medical treatment. Surprisingly, some burns often go unreported and therefore never receive the medical care they need.
Velocity Care Urgent Treatment Center has put together a quick reference guide to help you treat your burn and decide if you should see a doctor.
Quick care for mild burns
Usually, running cool water on your damaged skin is enough to treat a minor burn. A more serious burn is harder to detect and is usually identified by a doctor.
If you have a minor burn you can use the following treatments at home:
- To minimize the pain, rinse the burned skin with cool water or gently expose a cold burn to warm temperature. Continue to do this until the pain completely stops.
- Clean the burn by using a first aid antibiotic ointment.
- Apply the ointment to a clean cotton cloth and gently press it on the burned skin.
- Make sure to follow the instructions given on the ointment packaging.
- A bandage is required only if the burn is open. Bandages are also necessary if large or several small blisters form on the skin.
If you feel that your burn is more severe, you should visit your nearest urgent care center immediately. The doctor will then evaluate what type of burn you have – first degree, second degree, third degree or fourth degree and treat it accordingly.
How to prepare for the doctor
- Use a clean, dry cloth to cover the burn area. This will help avoid irritation and infection.
- Avoid using any medicine on the burn area. Wait for the doctor.
- Do not put ice or butter directly on burned skin.
- Avoid tobacco use.
- Never massage frozen skin.
- For an electric burn, check the heart rate repeatedly.
- Avoid touching or peeling the skin around the burn.
- DON’T pop any blisters.
Remember to go immediately to a doctor if you think your burn is serious. For more information on how to treat your burn at home, download our free e-book How to Treat Burns today.
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