Quickcare or ER?
RED FLAGS that will send you to the ER INCLUDE:
- Airway problems (from the mouth to the lungs)
- Severe pain
- Large burns over the body must be handled in the ER
- Third Degree burns must be seen in the ER
What Will the Doctor ask?
Your doctor will want to know your symptoms. Remember, a symptom is your description of your condition. It is YOUR story.
Burns hurt. So guessing how much something hurt seems like a bad idea.
Keep in mind that burns are described differently based on the size, the depth and amount or area burned.
What will your doctor look for?
Your doctor will look for signs. A SIGN is an objective finding that your doctor sees during the examination.
After a burn, such as a house fire, the doctor will want to know about the breathing; Starting from the top (mouth, lips) down to the lungs. Breathing is key.
Then, while controlling the pain, the doctor will want to know its depth, size and location of the burn.
What is your doctor thinking?
Your doctor will create a mental list of possible reasons for your SIGNS and SYMPTOMS.
This list is called a DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS.
Burns are classified by degrees. First, Second and Third
Once a doc know this, the question is if this burn needs to taken to a “burn center” which are specialized units for victims of burns
The most sensitive areas are the face, hands and genitals.
What is the treatment of burns?
Treatment includes controlling the pain, preventing infection and preventing dehydration.
How long will you be sick?
This depends on the degree:
- Most first degree burns last one week.
- Second degree burns may take up to 2-3 weeks.
- All third degree burns are treated at a Burn Center
Let Me Tell You a Story
Once a upon a time, there was a little boy who never left his mamma’s side. Everywhere she went, he went too. Most the time, mamma enjoyed her son’s company. Tagging along brought her a smile. Cooking in the kitchen was always tricky. But mamma had thought she had the perfect system; No accidents or near misses. One day when mamma was not looking, the little boy reached up and grabbed the pot of boiling water. AAAHHHH!!
I hope this helps