6 Mistakes to Avoid with Burn Wounds
Burn wounds can be serious if they are not cared for the right way.
Whether they are caused by fire or scalding liquids, burn wounds are quite painful and need to be taken care of immediately. If the burns are very deep, they can lead to infections, breathing problems, low blood volume, scarring and low blood pressure, according to Mayo Clinic. When treating a burn at home, make sure not to make these six mistakes:
1. Not using water long enough
After you get a burn, it is important to run cool water over it. However, many people only tend to do this for a minute or two. If you want the water to help the wound, it is necessary to run it for 10 to 15 minutes. Mayo Clinic also recommends applying a damp, cool towel over the affected area.
2. Popping blisters
Burns tend to blister, but don’t be tempted to pop yours. According to NHS UK Choices, bursting burn blisters on your own can cause an infection. If the blister is causing you a lot of pain, you could ask your doctor to pop it for you.
3. Exposing the burn to the sun
If you expose your burn wound to the sun too soon, it can cause blistering. NHS Choices recommends shielding the burn from the sun for at least the first three years after the injury. If the burn is on your face, put on a wide-brimmed hat before you go outside.
4. Not seeking medical attention for major burns
While some burns are minor and don’t require a doctor’s care, others are a serious matter. If the burn is larger than 3 inches in diameter or covers a major joint, you should seek medical attention right away. Waiting too long can make things worse.
5. Putting butter on the burn
If you have ever been told to put butter on a burn, ignore that advice. According to the University of Rochester Medical Center, putting a greasy substance on a burn will keep the heat in and make the healing process more difficult.
6. Not getting a tetanus shot
If your tetanus vaccination is not up to date, you should get a booster shot at your doctor’s office as soon as possible. Both minor and major burns can lead to tetanus, so it is important to protect yourself from this virus.
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