When to Seek Urgent Care for Burns

Minor burns are a common household injury. Everyone gets a minor burn from cooking or other regular tasks at some point. Minor burns are first-degree burns with reddish, blistered skin that usually heal on their own in a few days.

However, complications can occur that necessitate prompt medical attention. Also, severe burns do require urgent attention. Let’s review the basics of burns, and you will know when to seek help.

Burns Types and Causes

There are various types of burns, depending on what caused them. They include:

  • Thermal burns: these are caused by an external heat source coming in contact with the skin (for example, boiling water or a stovetop)
  • Radiation burns: these are caused by prolonged ultraviolet light exposure (for example, the sun or a tanning bed)
  • Chemical burns: these are caused by exposure to harmful chemicals and can affect your lungs as well (for example, bleach or drain cleaners)
  • Electrical burns: these are caused by lightning or artificial sources like an outlet and can also affect your internal organs and muscles

CLEAR Immediate Care can treat any of these burn types.

Urgent Burn Treatment at CLEAR Immediate Care

Minor burns usually heal on their own, but seek medical attention right away if you have persistent discomfort or inflammation. Urgent burn treatment focuses on pain relief, infection prevention and optimal cosmetic results.

If you have increased redness, pain, pus-like discharge or a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius), you should come to us immediately. Otherwise, you can assess your medical needs by answering the following questions:

How big is it?

If the burn covers a three-inch portion of your body or more, you need medical attention.

How deep is it?

Burn depths range from first to fourth degree. Any burn that is a second degree or higher will need prompt medical attention. Anything showing symptoms beyond redness, pain or swelling (like a mild sunburn) is a second degree or higher.

Where is it?

Certain body parts are more prone to infection, require more care or have anatomical factors that make treatment difficult. For example, burns on a joint or the face, feet, hands, buttocks and genitals should be seen by a doctor.

Who got burned?

Older persons, infants, children, diabetics and anyone with a persistent medical condition may heal slower or experience worse outcomes. To avoid problems, they should be evaluated by a doctor, no matter the severity of the burn.

Turn to CLEAR Immediate Care for Urgent Burn Care

The doctors at CLEAR Immediate Care understand the agony of an injury and are very skilled in treating burns. Contact our clinic immediately for urgent burn care. We can examine your skin and suggest the best therapy for you to find relief.