Getting burned is never a pleasant experience for anyone involved. Whether you’re the one that has been burned or you witnessed a burn, there are methods of reducing the pain and beginning to treat the burn before you visit a medical professional.
At Urgent Care Extra, we’ll help you understand the three main degrees of burns, and what you can do to treat each one before you visit.
How to Treat a Burn
Knowing how to treat a burn will vary based on how badly the skin has been affected. Burns are classified in one of three ways: first, second, or third degree. Below are basic steps that you can follow for most burns. Further down we will explain each degree of burn and what you can do to treat it prior to your Urgent Care Extra visit.
Initial Burn Treatment
Burn treatment starts the moment you get burned. Follow the steps below as a guideline to reduce pain and risk of further burns.
- Remove the person from the heat or the source of heat from the individual.
- Keep the burn cool (not cold) by running water over it for about 20 minutes. Avoid ice, or other cold surfaces which can cause skin damage. Vaseline and other oils should also be avoided, as they can trap heat in the skin.
- Remove any clothing or jewelry from the burned area. If articles of clothing are stuck, leave them and seek medical attention.
- Cover the burn with a non-adhesive material (e.g., cool, moist bandage or clean cloth).
- Take a painkiller to combat the pain.
- Call us at Urgent Care Extra to assess the severity of the burn, or simply stop in for treatment and we will be happy to help.
First Degree Burns
Classified as the “mild” degree of burn, first degree burns will result in some pain and a reddening of the skin (epidermis).
First degree burns are the easiest to treat and often times can be done completely at home, as the burn will often heal on its own over time. Start with a skin care product (e.g., aloe vera cream, antibiotics, etc.) alongside painkillers to reduce the pain of the burn.
If you are uncertain about how to treat the burns, you can simply visit us at Urgent Care Extra for treatment.
Second Degree Burns
Burn treatment for second degree burns are a little more severe, but are still treated by relatively simple medication or antibiotics. This medication can be prescribed by a medical professional at Urgent Care Extra, as these medications are typically extra strength. Otherwise, second degree burns will be treated similarly to first degree burns. The recovery process may take a little longer depending on the size of the burn.
Third Degree Burns
A third degree burn is the most severe burn of the three. Third degree burns are extreme enough that they can, in some cases, cause permanent skin and nerve damage. Almost every third degree burn should be treated by a medical professional. The process of healing a third degree burn can involve more complex procedures such as skin grafting, using synthetic skin, IV antibiotics, IV fluids, or other processes.
If you are ever uncertain about the degree of the burn you or someone has received, it’s recommended to call Urgent Care Extra today. It’s better to be safe than sorry, as some burns can cause permanent damage.
Knowing how to treat a burn can be the difference between manageable pain and pain that is unbearable. In the event that the pain is too much to endure, visit an urgent care center for immediate medical attention. Our staff knows how to treat a burn in a way that will remedy the pain as quickly as possible while setting you up with the correct medication and treatment solutions.
Give us a call today to learn more about treating burns or stop in today to get treatment when you need it.