• Minor burns can be treated at home and usually heal within a couple of weeks.
• Burns that involve more than 10% of the body or are very deep may require treatment in the hospital.
• Treatment goals include controlling pain, removing dead tissue, preventing infection, reducing scarring and regaining function.
• To treat minor burns hold under cool running water or apply a cool wet compress until pain eases; remove tight items quickly but don’t break blisters; clean area with water if blister breaks; apply lotion such as aloe vera or moisturizer then cover with sterile gauze bandage loosely to avoid pressure on burn; take Advil/Tylenol for pain relief.
• Make sure the tetanus booster is up-to-date as timing is important to minimize damage and have the best outcome.
Have you ever had a bad burn, maybe a sunburn or a chemical burn, maybe a burn while you were cooking or camping, often patients aren’t sure what to do with the burn. Most minor burns can be treated at home.
They usually heal within a couple of weeks. Burns that involve more than 10% of the body you were involved at face feed or growing, or are very deep may require treatment in the hospital. The goals of treatment are to control pain, remove dead tissue, prevent infection, reduce scarring, and regained function to treat minor burns.
Hold The burned area under cool, but not cold running water or apply a cool Wet compress until the pain eases do not use ice. Putting ice directly on a burn can cause further damage to the tissue,remove rings or other tight items quickly.
Don’t break the blisters. Fluid-filled blisters protect against infection. If a blister breaks clean the area with water, apply an antibiotic ointment. Once the burn is completely cooled, apply a lotion such as one that contains Alovera or a moisturizer cover the burn with a sterile gauze bandage, not fluffy cotton, rapid loosely to avoid putting pressure on the burn,take a pain reliever such as Advil or Tylenol.
Make sure that your tetanus booster is up-to-date burns can be very painful. So patients who need medical treatment, don’t typically wait too long and that’s wise timing is very important to minimize tissue damage and have the best outcome.
I’m Dr. David Long. That was the long story short.