Burns need to be treated immediately and can be caused by light, heat, chemicals, electricity or friction.
There are four types of burns that will require different treatment:
- 1st degree – It is described as redness on skin with no blistering and can easily be treated at MyCare Express Clinic urgent care. A cool compress, aloe, lidocaine ointment and acetaminophen may help relieve pain.
- 2nd degree – Described as redness on skin with the formation of clear blisters. Mild burn blisters can be treated at our walk-in clinic, but you should go to the emergency room if extensive blistering appears white or bloody.
- 3rd degree – It is described as a full thickness burn that appears dry or slightly leathery. It may have a whitish brown color instead of redness. You should go to the emergency room for burn treatment. An excision may be required.
- 4th degree – The skin will look black or charred. The patient may not feel pain because nerve fibers have been destroyed. An ambulance should be called immediately.
The severity of the burn will determine the proper treatment required. Minor burns can be treated at a MyCare Express Clinic urgent care while severe burns should be treated in the emergency room as soon as possible. If you visit one of our walk-in clinics and it’s determined your burn is severe, you will be referred to a nearby emergency room.
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