Treatment for Burns
- Red and blistered skin
- Wet appearance of the area due to fluid loss
- Intense pain in afflicted area
- Blanching (whitening) to area when touched
Who is at risk?
- Anyone whose body has been exposed to extreme heat or chemicals
- People who have been exposed to the sun for prolonged periods
For deeper, blistered burns, you should first make sure to leave the blister alone, if it is intact. You should use petroleum jelly and a light gauze wrap to protect it. When the blister bursts, remove the collapsed skin with sterile tweezers and gentle washing. Continue to use gauze to protect the blister and change the dressing once or twice daily to prevent it from becoming soggy and breaking down the skin.
Anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen will control pain and swelling of the injury.
Emergency Warning Signs: When should I see a doctor?
- If the area of your blistering burns is the size of your palm or larger, seek medical attention immediately.
- If there are any signs of infection including fever, redness and swelling of the wound
- If there is foul smelling drainage seeping from the burn
- If there is evidence of shock, including difficulty breathing, dilated pupils, inability to stay warm, etc.
Treatment is available now at Well-Key Urgent Care.
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