If you’ve suffered a burn, receiving timely treatment for your injury is critical. Better treatment can mean fewer permanent effects, faster healing, and a reduced chance of infection.
The Connecticut Fire and Burn Injury Lawyers at Carter Mario Law Firm have put together this list of eight treatments for burns, depending on the severity. The first step is to just how bad the burn is. First-degree burns pose little to no risk of scarring and are not a likely health risk, so they don’t require as much medical attention as second or third-degree burns. It’s important to determine the severity of your burn, but if you are unsure of how bad it is, you should seek professional medical attention.
- Treatment for First-Degree Burns:
A first-degree burn is red, sensitive to touch, and painful.
Submerge the burn under cool (but not cold) running water until the pain subsides. Don’t use ice or oil on the burn, as these can make the burn worse.
Raise the burned area of the body above heart level. This will promote healing and reduce any swelling that may occur.
- Treatment for Second-Degree Burns:
A second-degree burn causes blistering, severe pain, and can lead to scarring.
Second-degree burns damage the top and middle layers of skin, which can lead to infections.
Clean the burn with mild soap and water, and then cover it with a sterile bandage.
Observe the burn daily to make sure it’s healing and isn’t becoming infected.
Second-degree burns involve damage to the tissue underneath the skin and can result in bleeding or severe swelling. These types of burns can cause the body to lose fluid, leading to dehydration. Drink plenty of fluids containing electrolytes, such as sports drinks, to prevent this.
- Treatment for Third-Degree Burns:
If the burn appears to have caused damage beyond the outer layers of skin, it may be considered a third-degree burn. Without treatment, third-degree burns may continue to get worse over time, which can lead to severe scarring and complications.
Attempting to self-treat a third-degree burn can sometimes make the injury worse.
Second and third-degree burns penetrate the skin and are susceptible to tetanus infections. Be sure to ask your doctor for a tetanus shot to prevent this.
Photograph any locations on your body that were burned in the accident. Documentation of the severity of your burn can be a crucial piece of evidence in building your case.
The Connecticut Fire and Burn Injury Lawyers at Carter Mario Law Firm want to help you through your injury. Burns require costly medical care and cause pain and suffering. That’s why we’ll help you get the compensation you need to cover your medical expenses.