Treating Burns

Burns can happen to anyone, anywhere, and often when we least expect it. Whether it’s a kitchen mishap, a hot surface, or a moment of distraction, knowing how to treat a burn promptly and effectively is crucial. Here’s a guide on what to do if you or someone you know suffers a burn, how to care for it at home, and when it’s time to seek professional medical help.

Immediate Actions

The first step after getting a burn is to remove the source of heat and cool the affected area. Run cool (not cold) water over the burn for about 10-15 minutes. Avoid using ice, as it can damage the skin even more. Remove any clothing or jewelry near the burn, but do not remove anything that is stuck to the skin.

Assess the Burn

Burns are categorized into three levels:

1. First-Degree Burns: Affecting only the outer layer of skin, these burns are red and painful but typically heal on their own within a week.

2. Second-Degree Burns: Affecting the outer and underlying layer of skin, these burns cause pain, redness, swelling, and blistering. They may require medical attention.

3. Third-Degree Burns: The most severe, these burns penetrate all layers of the skin and can cause white or blackened, charred skin. They always require medical attention.

At-home care

For first-degree burns and small second-degree burns, after cooling the burn with water, you can do the following:

1. Gently wash the burn area with mild soap and water to prevent infection.

2. Use an antibiotic ointment to keep the area moist and protected.

3. Use a sterile, non-stick bandage to cover the burn and protect it from friction.

4. Use over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen or acetaminophen to help manage pain and reduce inflammation.

When to seek medical help

Seek medical attention if:

– The burn is larger than 3 inches in diameter.

– The burn is on your face, hands, feet, genitals, or a major joint.

– The burn is deep and causes white or charred skin.

– The burn was caused by chemicals, electricity, or inhalation of smoke.

– The burn shows signs of infection, such as increased pain, redness, or swelling.

Treating BurnsIf your burn has any characteristics from the list above, it is recommended that you seek medical attention. For residents in the Dallas area, Advance ER offers a great option for emergency care. With locations in the Galleria Area and Park Cities, Advance ER provides urgent emergent care in medical facilities outside of traditional hospital-based ERs.

Advance ER has some of the best and most luxurious facilities in Dallas, ensuring that patients receive top-notch care in a comfortable environment. The team of physicians and professional staff members are available around the clock to provide exceptional medical assistance. One of the key advantages of Advance ER is its no-wait policy. Patients are typically seen quickly upon arrival, avoiding long wait times. Additionally, Advance ER offers the same level of care and cost as a hospital ER, ensuring that patients receive high-quality care without the wait.

At Advance ER, the goal is to provide the best possible services so that patients leave healthier than they arrived. Visit its website for more information.

Additionally, Dallas Medical Center (DMC) has been serving the medical needs of North Dallas as the sole community hospital in Farmers Branch. The DMC team prioritizes the physical and emotional well-being of their patients. They are committed to providing trusted, comprehensive medical services for you and your family. DMC offers a wide range of health services for acute and emergency situations. As a Level IV Trauma Center recognized as a 2024 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient, you can rely on this team. Visit their website for more information.

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