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Burns: 1st & 2nd Degree

Urgent Care for 1st & 2nd Degree Burns

Burns are a common occurrence, whether they be the result of grabbing a hot pan by accident, having a close encounter with fire or anything in between. While most people who experience a burn are immediately aware of what’s happened thanks to pain and fight or flight response, understanding how severe the pain is requires diagnosis by a trained medical professional.

What Causes 1st and 2nd Degree Burns?

1st-degree and 2nd-degree burns can be viewed as minor and moderate/serious respectively. With 1st degree burns, only the outer layer of the skin is typically affected, resulting in characteristics similar to a sunburn—one of the most common causes of this type of burn. Additional causes for 1st degree burns include scalding from hot water and burns resulting from electrocution.

2nd-degree burns are more serious, typically causing blistering of the skin. While these types of burns don’t usually result in skin death, they can be problematic if larger than three inches in diameter.

What are the Symptoms of 1st and 2nd Degree Burns?

Symptoms of 1st and 2nd-degree burns are as follows:

1st-degree Burns

  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling

2nd-degree Burns

  • Blotchy Skin (Red or White in Color)
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Blisters
  • Drainage

Be sure to contact your treatment provider in the case of any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Uncontrolled Bleeding

Diagnosing and Treating 1st and 2nd Degree Burns

As painful as many 1st-degree burns can be, they can usually be expected to heal with in a 3-7 days from the incident. Immediate soaking of the burn in cool water for five minutes can help to promote healing, as can covering the wound with loose gauze and applying medicated creams. Ibuprofen or acetaminophen can be used to lessen pain/swelling.

While most 2nd-degree burns can be treated in the same way as more minor, 1st-degree burns, blisters should always be protected with a bandage to avoid infection. In severe cases, skin grafting may be necessary.

Pediatric Considerations

Children are especially vulnerable to fluid losses from burns, as they have a body surface area to body mass ratio nearly three-times that of adults. This may result in development of hypothermia if fluid resuscitation is not performed immediately. Blood glucose levels should also be monitored for temperature regulation.

Dealing with a Burn? Visit ConvenientMD!

At ConvenientMD, we know just how painful it can be to deal with a burn. Our staff is highly experienced in treating 1st and 2nd-degree burns, and we’ll help get you on the path toward recovery while making you comfortable in the process. No matter how it happened, we’re here to ease your pain and get you back to 100% as quickly as possible.

Ready to get treated for your burn? Just stop into any of our Urgent Care locations—you’ll never need to make an appointment ahead of time.

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