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Burn Injury

Guidelines to help you care for the burn at home:

  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Activity as tolerated or as directed by your doctor
  • Dress as normally as possible
  • Wash all new clothes before wearing if they will contact the burn area
  • White or light colored cotton clothing is best
  • If possible, do not wear clothes over the burn area
  • Itching is a normal occurrence as the skin heals. Try to prevent scratching. Apply Eucerin Cream or Vaseline to healed areas to lessen the itching and tight feeling.
  • Avoid direct sunlight for one year to any burned area, as burned areas will reburn easily and scar more. Always use sunscreen, especially on a previously burned area.

Care of the wound:

  • Clean wound daily using a mild soap
  • Use a clean washcloth and towel each time
  • Pat dry, do not rub
  • Use a clean table knife or Q-tip to carefully spread a thin layer of petroleum jelly¬†over the burn. Cover with gauze; wrap as instructed.

Problems to report:

  • Increased pain or swelling
  • Redness
  • Temperature of 101 or higher
  • Yellow or green drainage from the wound
  • Irritated areas in the healed region of the burn
  • Contractures-this is a tightening of the skin in the area over a joint