Treating a Burn Versus a Wound
Know how to immediately treat a burn or acute wound can prevent further complications
Tending to a burn and treating a wound are two separate procedures when it comes to medical treatment. Both require different healing techniques that can prove costly if used on the wrong injury. Here are a few general guidelines when it comes to treating burn wounds and typical acute wounds.
Treating a burn
The first step to take when it comes to caring for a burn is establishing what degree it is. First-degree burns are the least serious, and second-degree burns are more severe, with common symptoms typically relating to skin redness, minor swelling or blisters. For less severe burns, the first step is cooling it off, which can be achieved by running cool, not cold, water over the area for a solid 5-10 minutes. The water will help evacuate the heat from the skin while also reducing swelling. It is extremely important never to put ice on a burn wound, which will most likely cause additional damage.
Next, loosely wrap a sterile gauze bandage around the burn while trying to avoid putting too much pressure on the injury. This will help keep air away from the burn, which can often provoke pain or spawn blisters.
When it comes to third-degree burns, the most serious, caution and precision cannot be stressed enough. A burn this severe usually means that permanent tissue damage has been suffered, potentially affecting muscle, fat and even bone. When treating a third-degree burn that is covered in clothing, do not remove the cloth unless it is still producing heat or smoke. Do not use running water to cool the wound, and keep the burnt area elevated as much as possible. You should consult a medical professional promptly.
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Treating a wound
When it comes to determining the severity of a typical gash or lesion, the general categories can be essentially split up between acute and chronic wounds. Acute wounds are abrupt cuts and injuries that have occurred suddenly, while chronic symptoms develop over time if an acute opening is not treated properly, potentially resulting in wound infection.
The standard procedure for healing a minor acute wound begins with applying minor pressure and ceasing the bleeding. Don’t keep checking to see if the wound has stopped bleeding because this can prompt a clot to occur, so just keep pressure on the area for around 20-30 minutes. When bleeding has sufficed, gently rinse the injured area, and use tweezers to remove any evident debris or dirt lodged in the wound. Apply a subtle layer of antibiotic cream and cover the ointment with a non-adherent wound dressing.
The next step is changing the dressing at least once a day, and monitor the progression of the healing. Redness, swelling or drainage is the biggest indicator the acute injury could be transforming into a chronic wound. If this occurs contact your physician. In addition, individuals should also have a tetanus shot if it has been more than five years since their last one, especially if the wound suffered has been exposed to debris.