Burn Injuries Doctor Q & A
When shock and alarm is met with significant damage to your skin or underlying tissues, it can be cause for panic. For any first- or second-degree burn, our expert physicians at Reddy Urgent Care can provide you with the highest quality of medical care. For more information, call us or schedule an appointment online. Serving Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Westminster, Seal Beach, Garden Grove, Santa Ana, Stanton, CA.
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Do burns need air to heal?
What is the fastest way to heal a second-degree burn?
Should you cover a burn or let it breathe?
Just like any other wound, a burn requires a healthy supply of oxygen to heal properly. As such, ointment or oil of any kind is not used to help heal a burn injury, as these effectively suffocate the burn and trap the heat inside, which can cause further damage to the underlying tissues. With that in mind, it is crucial not to self-medicate for a burn but to instead go directly to an urgent care clinic or emergency room to receive proper medical attention.
If you are at all concerned that your burn could be life-threatening, you should immediately go to your nearest emergency room. For a first- or second-degree burn, an urgent care clinic is an excellent option in terms of time and money saved without sacrificing the quality or expertise of medical care. The services at an urgent care clinic like ours at Reddy Urgent Care are cheaper than those in emergency rooms, while they also accept same-day, walk-in appointments on a first-come, first-served basis.
When you come to Reddy Urgent Care for a second-degree burn injury, our doctors and medical professionals will provide swift and thorough medical care to treat your burn and help it start the healing process as soon as possible. In order to do so, we will first ask you to remove any clothing, jewelry, or other accessories in the area of the burn if it is possible. If you need help in doing so, our medical professionals would be happy to offer their assistance. We will then cool the burn with cool water before covering the burn with gauze or a loose dressing in a way that allows for continued circulation and oxygen supply. Depending on the severity and location of the burn, your doctor may clean the wound, apply antibiotic cream, administer intravenous antibiotics, or write a prescription for oral antibiotics to prevent and fight off any infection. Once your doctor has provided you with sufficient care, they will send you home with instructions on how to take care of your burn as it heals properly.
While all burns require a sufficient supply of oxygen to heal correctly, it is important that you seek professional medical attention before making a decision on whether to cover the burn or let it breathe. If the burn is severe enough, your doctor can cover it with a loose dressing that allows oxygen to continue to flow to the burn site. If you have any questions or concerns about your burn and how to take care of it, feel free to call us.
If you live in or around Huntington Beach, CA, and have suffered a burn injury, our board-certified doctors at Reddy Urgent can provide expert treatment! We welcome you to come to see us for a walk-in appointment at 7772 Warner Ave, Suite 103, in Huntington Beach, California, anywhere from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM from Monday to Friday or from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM on weekends.