What Is A Minor Burn and How Is It Treated?

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Burn injuries to the skin are a common household injury, particularly in children. While you may believe that some burns can be treated at home, immediate medical attention is necessary for them to avoid infection and other complications. At University Urgent Care in Fort Worth, TX, our team of board-certified emergency medicine physicians can assess all types of burns. We look for signs of infection and determine if you need a tetanus shot. Conveniently located near the Texas Christian University (TCU) campus, we serve the Frisco Heights, Paschal, and Tanglewood neighborhoods. We can help the local community get proper medical care for minor burn injuries quickly. To minimize your wait time, try our online check-in feature.

Types of minor burns

At University Urgent Care, we can treat many different types of minor burns, including:

  1. Thermal burns: These are caused by hot objects, such as steam, liquids, or fire. A thermal burn usually requires medical care when it is on the face, on a major joint, or bigger than three inches.

  2. Chemical burns: Chemical burns are caused by acid or base solutions. This includes car battery acid, teeth whitening products, or products with bleach or ammonia. These burns require immediate attention from our medical professionals.

  3. Electrical burn: Burns caused by electrical currents can cause burns or damage to internal tissues. Since this damage can be hard to see, it’s important to seek medical attention.

Patients should treat the burn with cool (never cold) water. Applying an antibiotic cream is important, too. Never apply ice to burns or anything with fibers. Our experienced team can evaluate and treat minor burn injuries to avoid complications, such as an infection or tetanus. When you’re unsure of the severity of your injury or how to treat a burn, it is best to visit University Urgent Care for a professional medical assessment and treatment.

What happens during burn treatment?

For most minor burns, our team will gently cleanse the area to decontaminate it and to prevent infection. An antibiotic cream is applied to soothe the skin and to help with healing. If you’re experiencing pain, we can give local anesthesia or provide a prescription for one to be used at home. If you need any tests to check for internal damage or infection, we have an on-site laboratory at our Fort Worth, TX urgent care center so we can get your results quickly. Before going home, you will be given care instructions and any recommendations for follow-up treatment.

Learn more about treating burns in Fort Worth, TX

University Urgent Care helps prevent infections and complications from minor burns with effective medical care. We proudly serve the communities of Frisco Heights, Tanglewood, Paschal, and TCU neighborhoods daily. You don’t ever need an appointment to get professional medical care from our experienced staff. Our online check-in helps to shorten your wait time, too. To best protect you and your family’s health, seek burn treatment as soon as possible after an injury.

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