When to Go to Urgent Care for Burn

For your everyday kitchen burns, cool water is your best friend. Forget the old wives’ tales about butter; that’s a recipe for disaster. Don’t butter your burns! Keep things clean and covered with a sterile bandage or gauze to prevent infections. Let’s discuss how to deal with burning-hot situations.

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    How Do I Know How Serious My Burn Is?

    Burns that are about 7 centimeters, are less serious and can heal on their own, with some help from topical ointments. For larger burns, especially if they are on your face, feet, eyes, groin, or any other sensitive parts. Visit your local emergency care or a family physician. This will prevent lifetime disfigurement or functionality loss.

    What are the 3 Signs of a Major Burn?

    Major burns are serious. It’s crucial to recognize them for prompt medical attention. Here are three signs of major burns:

    • Size of the Burn:
      One indicator of a major burn is its size. If a burn covers a significant portion of the body. Such as the entire back, chest, or limbs, it’s considered a major burn. The “rule of nines” is used to estimate the percentage of the body affected in adults, with multiple body areas indicating multiples of 9%.
    • Depth of the Burn:
      The depth of the burn is another important factor. Third-degree burns, which pierce through all layers of the skin. They even include the underlying tissues, which are considered major. These burns often appear charred, white, or leathery in texture. They can be less painful due to nerve damage.
    • Location of the Burn:
      Burns on sensitive areas of the body can be more concerning. Burns to the face, hands, feet, genitals, or major joints can be considered major due to the possible disability of crucial functions and mobility. Furthermore, burns in the airway or respiratory tract, are those that are inhaling hot gases.

    What Percentage of Burns is Serious?

    The “rule of nines” is a quick and commonly used method for estimating the percentage of the total body surface area that is affected by burns. It helps healthcare professionals diagnose the extent of burns, brainstorm the correct treatment, and estimate the potential fluid loss. Following is the way to estimate the burn percentage.

    • Head and Neck: 9%
      The head and neck together are assigned 9% of the total body surface area. This involves the face, scalp, ears, and neck.
    • Each Arm: 9% (18% total for both arms
      Each arm covers 9% of the total body surface. This includes the front and back of the arm. While front and Back of the Torso: 18% each (36% total for front and back)
    • Each Leg: 18% (36% total for both legs)
      Similar to the arms, each leg covers 18% of the total body surface. This includes the front and back of the leg.
    • Genital Area: 1%
      The genital area is considered 1% of the total body.

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    Concluding Thoughts

    All the above-mentioned burn estimations are for a general understanding. Always seek a professional consultation when it comes to burns that require prompt care.

    Contact Dr. Anthony K Gordon at Advanced Wound Center. Our board-certified radiologist has 30 years of experience with wound care. Call us at (415) 429 4225 to book an appointment.

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