Burns Treatment Questions and Answers
Burns can cause serious injury, damaging tissues or muscles and can affect the body. Are you suffering from a burn at home or at the workplace? If so, visit our healthcare team right away at Minit Medical near Kahului, HI. Call us or visit us at one of our three locations. We serve patients from Kahului HI, Lahaina HI, Kihei HI, Launiupoko HI, Olowalu Hi, Wailuku HI, Kula HI, Makawao HI, Paia HI, Wailea HI, Haiku HI and Waihee-Waiehu HI.
Burns can be serious, and they happen to the best of us at home or on the job. When a burn is severe, that’s when you need to seek medical attention. Burns can penetrate skin layers and may cause muscle or tissue damage that could affect other systems in the body, while at the same time burns can also bring on emotional problems like nightmares, depression, or even flashbacks to a traumatizing event. If you have a burn and need it examined, our healthcare team at Minit Medical will take you in right away. We are open 7 days a week and we have three locations: Lahaina, HI, Kahului, HI and Kihei, HI.
How do I heal a burn quickly?
Let’s first start with first-degree burns – the most common when we accidentally touch a hot stove, hair straightener, or curling iron. A sunburn is also a first-degree burn and needs to be treated too. To treat a first-degree burn you will need to take a number of steps: cool the burn with cool tap water and apply wet compresses for 10 minutes or until the pain subsides; apply moisturizing lotion to the burn in order to avoid infection; cover the burn with a sterile bandage as it can heal on its own if covered properly; take over-the-counter medication to relieve any pain; and keep the burn area protected from the sun (avoid the sun, keep the burn covered from the sun, or don’t go out in the sun at all). Then there are major burns – second and third-degree and these are extremely serious. In the event you experience this, you will need medical attention, so call 911 right away for help.
Should you cover a burn or just let it breathe?
When you experience a burn, cover it right away with a sterile gauze bandage with no fluffy cotton, and wrap it loosely to avoid pressure on the burned skin. The bandage will help keep air off the area, while reducing pain and protecting blistered skin. Before you apply a sterile gauze bandage, ensure that you run cold water over the burn, or soak it in cool water (not ice water) for 5 to 30 minutes, and apply a cold, wet compress until the pain subsides. When a burn happens, ensure that you do whatever it takes to remain calm: panicking will not help matters. Once the skin has cooled down, applying moisturizing lotion two to three times a day will help thwart off infection and will help speed up recovery.
How long does a burn take to heal?
There are different kinds of burns, which means that healing times are different. Superficial burns, known as first-degree burns, are typically red and painful and swell a little, and the skin may peel off in typically one to two days. Thicker burns, known as second-degree burns, have blisters and are very painful and the recovery rate is less that three weeks. Deep partial thickness burns, also called second-degree burns, take more than three weeks to heal. Then there are full-thickness burns, also called third-degree burns, that makes the skin look charred or white: they only heal on the edges by scarring without skin grafts.
If you have a burn, we are here to provide you with the right care and treatment. Burns happen to most of us when we least expect it, but help is here for you at Minit Medical. We have three locations and are open 7 days a week to help treat burns: Lahaina, HI, Kahului, HI and Kihei, HI. Call us to book an appointment and we will have you in to see one of our doctors or healthcare specialists. It doesn’t matter if you are at home or at work, we accept phone appointments and walk-ins. We even offer video visits so that you can receive instant urgent medical care.