Our urgent care has providers that can take care of your burns and wounds in Novi MI. They are good at determining when you need more advanced care with a specialist or a hospital and can communicate with your primary care physician.
Minor burns can sometimes be treated at home, or with the help of a healthcare provider. A healthcare provider can help determine the degree of the burn and what the proper course of treatment should be. A minor burn refers to first and second-degree burns, those affecting only the top layers of the skin. First degree burns only affect the outer layer of skin and will be painful, swell, and turn red. Second-degree burns go one layer deeper and will be painful, swell, turn red and blister. Anything more severe is considered a major burn and should be treated with emergency medical help.
Treatment of minor burns:
Cooling the burn- Use cool running water or a cold cloth. Do not use ice- this can cause even more damage to the tissues.
Apply moisture- Aloe Vera can help soothe pain.
Avoid breaking blisters- If the blister does break then clean the wound with soap and water and keep the area covered.
Protect the area- Cover the area with a bandage or sterile dressing and avoid sun exposure.
Take an over-the-counter pain reliever as needed- Tylenol, Ibuprofen
Signs that a burn is severe and should be treated with emergent medical attention:
- Burns on certain parts of the body including: face, ears, eyes, hands, feet, genitals, and joints
- Severe pain
- Signs of infections such as increased redness, a red streak from the burn, pus, fever
- Burns on a child younger than five
- A burn covering more than one-fourth of a body part
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