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When Does a Burn Need Medical Treatment?

Nearly half a million people receive emergency treatment for accidental burns every year. Burns can be fatal if not monitored carefully, so it is crucial to understand what symptoms are cause for concern. But, how will you know when you should seek emergency treatment when the noticeable signs of a severe burn can take up to two days to appear? Our team of experts at The Hand Center, with four offices in the Hartford, Connecticut, area, understands the importance of detecting potential problems early on.

Whatever the reason for your burn, you must take good care of it to ward off potential complications. First aid is sufficient for most burns and may include cold water, ice, antibiotic ointment, and bandages. Nevertheless, there are times when first aid isn’t nearly enough for a wound. If your burn causes worry, here are nine reasons to obtain immediate medical treatment. 

  1. A burn that covers more than three inches is problematic due to the increased risk of severity.  
  2. Burns that ooze pus or have blisters are often deeper than they appear.
  3. Healing may be more difficult if your burn is on a body part that you use or bend frequently. These spots include your face, hands, feet, or joints. 
  4. Is your burn due to a car accident, workplace incident, or another place of business? If so, it is of utmost importance to seek medical attention right away.
  5. Burns from electrical or chemical sources can cause additional complications, such as heart rhythm disturbances called arrhythmia
  6. Like any wound, burns can lead to infection. To prevent infections from developing, monitor your wound for any foul odors, redness, or swelling. 
  7. A burn can take time to heal, but your pain should decrease as it does. If your pain level continues rising, that is cause for concern. 
  8. If a burn is in a more sensitive area, you may risk internal damage if you don’t see a doctor. 
  9. Your gut instinct is an excellent reason to obtain a professional opinion. If your wound appears fine, but you just can’t shake the feeling that something is wrong, The Hand Center team urges you to call your doctor. 

Although burn care can be challenging, its seriousness cannot be understated. If you have a burn with bothersome symptoms, intensifying pain, or if you just have a gut feeling that something is amiss, let the experts at The Hand Center tend to your wound. Contact us to book your appointment at one of our clinics today.

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