Treating and Properly Covering Burn Wounds from a Fire
Brief Description: If you come into contact with a fire and receive a burn on any part of your body, you
need to make sure that you know how to properly care for it, and cover it with the right kind of
healing material. This article suggests how to restore the health of your skin, and relieve the pain
If you are burned when your home is incurring fire
damage, you need to make sure that you treat your
burn wounds carefully and promptly to make sure
that they do not become infected, or more severe.
The first thing you need to do is to make sure that you
distinguish the level of burn—there are first, second,
and third degree damages, and the treatment will
change depending on what kind it is.
Identify the Degree
A first degree one is the least severe, but still requires treatment right away. Make sure that you soak
the area in cold water for at least five minutes, so that it stops burning under the surface.
This will bring you some relief, as the swelling is reduced, and the burning sensation is pulled away from
the epidermis. Try putting some aloe vera on it for relief, or another kind of antibiotic ointment—make
sure that you wrap it is loose gauze, and keep it protected from air and water.
A second degree burn will be much more severe, and sometimes requires medical assistance outside the
home. Until you can get to a doctor, make sure that you soak the hot area for at least fifteen minutes.
Keep cool wet clothes on it for a few minutes every day. Cover it in antibiotic ointment, and keep it
covered with dressing at all times.
Day to Day Care
Change the dressing every day, and keep the area
clean so it does not become infected. Check the burn
every day for signs of infection, such as increased
pain, redness, swelling, or pus—if you see these
beginning to form, make sure that you seek medical
care from a doctor right away.
You can expect it to itch quite a bit as it heals—
however, you need to be careful not to scratch it, so
you do not make it worse. As it heals, keep sunscreen
on it, so it is not damaged by the sun.
When you are ready to cover the area, no matter what degree your injury may be, you need to choose
the right type of gauze or fabric to cover it. They keep an inner layer of moisture on the skin, so that it
heals more quickly.
Other Ways to Heal Your Burn
You could also choose a kind of adherent dressing, that will bind to the wound, and be therapeutic to
your injury. They are generally made of a silicone-coated synthetic mesh that a patient
or health provider can remove without difficulty from the burn site.
Make sure that it is applied by a health care professional, and wrapped very carefully. Have it removed
by a professional, so that the area is not damaged further.
There is another option as well—you can apply an antibacterial or antimicrobial dressing. Burn dressings
that keep the wounded area moist and bacteria-free are crucial to the healing process.
Health care providers place this silver, absorbent dressing over a wound to pull fluid that drains from the
site. As this occurs, this dressing transforms into a gel that protects the burn wound from bacteria as it
You could also choose an antimicrobial
dressing made of soft silicone that
releases silver into the wound for up
to seven days. Health care
practitioners generally wrap these
types of burn dressings with a gauze,
fabric, or adherent to keep them in
They can speed the healing process
along, and can prevent infection very
effectively. If you are want this type of
treatment, make sure that you let your
doctor know right away.
This is generally used for the most serious kinds of injuries, including third degree burns. Last but not
least, there is EMS dressing, which is often applied by emergency medical technicians while they are
transporting you to a hospital.
They are coated with gel, and used to seal off air and bacteria from the area as you make your way to a
doctor for more comprehensive treatment. Emergency workers often use saline solution, which replaces
fluid lost from burn wounds, in conjunction with these sheets.
Make sure that you seek treatment right away, and use the proper techniques to heal your wound. If
you are careful, the area will clear up safely, and without any infection.
After all your wounds have healed, there may exist more burns still, however, on your home. If you have
gotten fire damage on your home you many need to find a property restoration service to help to heal
your home as well.
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