Burn Treatment

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Burns destroy skin and can lead to serious complications. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill discusses treatment of burn injuries.

Dr. Hill:

The treatment of burn injuries depends on what kind of burn you have. It is not good to put butter, oil, ice or ice water on burns. This might cause more damage to the skin.

For superficial heat burns, soak the burn in cool water then treat it with a skin care product like aloe vera cream or an antibiotic ointment.

If a first- or second-degree burn covers a large area or is on your face, hands, feet or genitals, you should see a doctor right away.

For superficial partial-thickness or deep partial-thickness burn, soak the burn in cool water for 15 minutes. Then put on an antibiotic cream or other creams or ointments prescribed by your doctor.

Check the burn every day for signs of infection, such as increased pain, redness, swelling or pus. If you see any of these signs, go to your doctor right away. Change the dressing every day.

If you get a bad burn, you should see your doctor or go to the hospital right away.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.