Burn wounds are painful, but they need to be treated correctly if you want them to heal properly. The problem is that there are many mistakes that people make when treating their own burn wounds. It is important that you know how not to treat a burn wound and what you should be avoiding. This will not only help manage pain but also help to speed up the healing process.
Not Using Water For Long Enough
Most people know that you need to run cool water over a burn as soon as possible. The problem is that most people do not know how long they should be doing this. Most people will run water over the wound for a minute or two, but if you really want to help the wound you should do this for 10 to 15 minutes. It is also recommended that you apply a cool, damp cloth to the area after running water over it. The water helps to cool down the surface of the burn and penetrate into the layers of your skin.
Burn wounds will generally have blisters and it is very tempting to pop them because you feel that it will help the wound heal. This is actually incorrect and you could be causing an infection in the wound. There are times when the blister will need to be popped by a doctor, but this should only happen when the blister is causing a lot of pain. Additionally, this should only be done by your doctor because they will be able to ensure that there is no infection from this. If your burn begins to blister and they are not causing you pain, the best bet is simply to leave them alone.
Exposing The Burn To The Sun
Blistering can also be caused by exposing the burn wound to the sun too soon. If you have a severe burn, it is recommended that you shield it from the sun for at least 3 years after the injury. For less severe burn wounds, this will be much shorter, but you need to consult a doctor to ensure that you are not exposing the burn too soon. If you have a burn wound on your face, you should wear a wide-brimmed hat when you go outside.
Not Getting Medical Attention
There are some burns that are minor and will not need medical attention. However, there are others which need to be seen by a doctor because they are serious. If the burn wound you have is more than 3 inches in diameter or is on a major joint, you need to get medical attention as soon as possible. Waiting too long to go to the doctor will make the wound worse and cause complications.
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