Burns, Rashes and Bites

When to Seek Urgent Care for Burns, Rashes and Bites

A female toddler looks into the cameraAnyone who knows basic first aid will realize that treating burns, rashes and bites can sometimes be either a simple matter but other times they could mean a trip to the Urgent Care. By learning the difference between something that can be handled on your own and the signs of infection, disease or damage that requires medical care by professionals, you can prevent you or your loved one from further injury and a longer period of healing.

Want to know more about the proper treatment for burns, rashes and bites? All of us here at Owl Now Urgent Care understand how stressful an emergency situation can be, so call us today for an immediate consultation and care.

Proper Treatment for Burns

When learning how to properly care for burns, rashes and bites, the first thing you need to learn is how to tell the difference between first, second and third degree burns. A first-degree burn should not affect the skin past the epidermis, the topmost layer of skin on the body. It will appear pink or red and may have a blister forming on the surface. A cool compress applied for around 10 minutes will begin the healing and try not to burst any blister that appears.

Contrary to popular belief, putting butter on a burn is a bad idea, because it can clog pores and promote infection. Instead, use a cream that contains antibiotics and aloe to help healing, and wrap it loosely in gauze.

A second-degree burn is one that has extended itself to the dermis, the second layer of skin, and will appear shiny and red. A third degree burn is far worse, with entire layers of skin burnt and sloughing off or even showing muscle or bone. Because extensive damage to the skin can provide a breeding ground for bacteria and infection, it is always wise to seek immediate attention for any burn that exceeds the first degree.

Treating Rashes

The most common cause for rashes is from some kind of irritant that comes in close contact with the skin. This can come from things like laundry detergents or rubbing contact between the skin and even plant pollen. Removing the irritant from contact is the first step, followed by treating the rash area with ointments that contain aloe, moisturizing agents and hydrocortisone for healing.

Keep the area clean and reapply the ointment as needed. If you believe that it is allergy based, seek medical help immediately, so that you can get the proper anti-allergen treatment. Other than that, use treatments that draw out the allergen or toxin, such as oatmeal masks and baths.

Treatment for Bites

When it comes to treating burns, rashes and bites at home, there is no category more cautionary than treating bites. Whether insect, animal or snake related, emergency medical attention should always be sought if the bite is more severe than a skin abrasion or the slight swelling and itching experienced with mosquito bites.