How to Treat Serious and Minor Burn-Related Injuries

Every year in the United States, emergency rooms see over 40,000 people for burn-related injuries, and 30,000 of those individuals will go on to receive treatment for burns and subsequent skin disorders at a burn center. The ERs in San Antonio, Texas are no different, and see their fair share of burn-related injuries every year. While burn injuries are severe and extremely painful, over 96% of those who receive treatment for burns will go on to make a full recovery. The following article will explore first aid remedies for burns before you rush someone to an ER in San Antonio.

First, be aware that minor burns usually do not require emergency room care. A minor burn is superficial redness and looks similar to a sunburn. It may blister, but if the area is less than 3 inches in diameter, it is not a severe burn. Minor burns can be treated at home with the following options:

  • Remove any jewelry or restrictive clothing around the injury.
  • Apply a cool, moist compress over the burn.
  • Don’t break any blisters if they appear.
  • Once the burn has cooled, apply mild, unscented lotion to keep the skin moisturized.
  • For pain, take an over-the-counter medication such as acetaminophen or an anti-inflammatory.

For serious burns, call 911 and remove the injured party from harm if it’s safe to do so. If the victim isn’t breathing, perform CPR while waiting for emergency services.

Burns swell quickly. Remove any restrictive clothing or any accessory near the burn, such as belts or jewelry. Place a cool bandage or moist cloth over the injuries to soothe them. Do not douse the burns with cold water or submerge the individual into cold water.

If possible, elevate the burned area above heart level. Monitor the individual for signs of shock, which include paleness, fainting, and shallow breathing.

Although serious burns are distressing, painful, and can be disfiguring, the medical team at Physicians Premier, your ER in San Antonio, is skilled and compassionate in treating burns. Do not wait to seek treatment. For serious burns, head straight to the emergency room.


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