Suppose you’ve experienced a mild or moderate burn. In that case, you can stop by Doral Health & Wellness Urgent Care to have our medical team evaluate and treat it.
Many different substances can cause burns: the sun, electricity, fire, hot liquids, heated objects, and chemicals. Thermal burns – from steam, scalding liquids, hot metals, or flames – are the most common type of burns.
Sneaky Burns That Can Be Serious
What is Sunburn?
Sunburn is a burn to the skin produced by overexposure to the sun’s rays. Sometimes sunburns are severe and require medical attention.
Symptoms of Sunburn
- Skin that is tight, red, and painful.
- Swollen skin.
- Fever and chills.
You can avoid sunburn through reasonable prevention measures.
- Stay out of the sun from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., when sunlight is most potent.
- Cover your skin with a brimmed hat, sunglasses, and light, breathable fabric.
- Use sunscreen of at least 30 SPF, and apply it at least 20 minutes before going outside. Be sure to reapply every few hours and immediately after swimming or sweating.
Treatment for Burns and Sunburn
Burn treatment depends upon the burn’s severity and the substance that caused the burn.
At Doral Health & Wellness Urgent Care, we can treat minor skin burns caused by exposure to sun or heat. These minor burns are typically characterized by some redness, slight swelling, and or little to moderate pain. Severe burns always require immediate evaluation and treatment in an emergency room.
To offer relief for most minor burns and sunburns, consider:
- Holding the burn under cold running water for 10 to 15 minutes or apply a cold cloth to the affected area.
- They are keeping blisters intact. If you have blisters, don’t break them. If they break on their own, wash them gently with soap and water, apply an antibiotic ointment, and cover them with a bandage.
- Applying lotion that contains aloe vera, which may help to relieve pain and swelling.
- Protecting any newly burned areas from exposure to cold because burned skin can more easily develop frostbite.
- Avoiding putting ice or butter on burned skin because these can damage tissue.
While tending to a burn or sunburn, be sure to watch for signs of infection: delayed healing increased pain, or increased warmth around the burn. If you suspect a possible infection, visit Doral Health & Wellness Urgent Care so a provider can evaluate the wound.
Severe burns require immediate medical attention. Call 911 immediately or go to your nearest emergency room.
Particular circumstances when burns should always be considered severe:
- If the burn involves children or the elderly.
- If the burn affects the eyes.
- If the burn was caused by electricity or chemicals.
- If the burn affects most of the hands or feet or on the face, groin, buttocks, or a major joint.
Severe burns require immediate medical attention. Until it is obtained:
- Be sure not to remove clothing that may be stuck to the skin.
- However, you can remove any jewelry or belts because burned areas swell quickly.
- Extensive burns should not be immersed in cold water because it can cause hypothermia.
- If possible, elevate the burned area.
- Gently cover the burn with a clean, cool, moist cloth.