Find Fast Burn Treatment at Southcoast Health Urgent Care Center
A burn occurs when heat or a caustic agent damages your body’s tissues. There are three types of burns:
- First-degree burn — These are minor burns that damage only the top layer of skin.
- Second-degree burn — This type damages the top layer and some underlying layers of skin.
- Third-degree burn — These damage all layers of skin and the underlying fat, muscle or bone.
Common Symptoms with Burns
Symptoms depend on the type of burn, but may include:
- First-degree burn: Redness, pain and minor swelling
- Second-degree burn: Red or splotchy skin, severe pain, significant swelling and blisters
- Third-degree burn: White or charred black skin, dry or waxy appearance to the skin, and little to no pain as the nerves have also been damaged
A third-degree burn is a medical emergency. If you have a third-degree burn or multiple burns, go to your nearest hospital emergency department or call 911. You should also seek medical attention at Southcoast Health Urgent Care Center for first- or second-degree burns in Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Fall River, Lakeville, Seekonk, and Wareham, MA if:
- The burn is larger than two or three inches
- The burn is on your scalp, hands, feet or major joints
Urgent Care for Burns in Southeastern MA at Southcoast Health
If you are in doubt about the degree of your burn, or if the burn shows signs of infection (such as oozing, increased pain, redness or swelling), come to Southcoast Health Urgent Care Center for quick care.
Your burn treatment will depend on the degree of the burn:
First-Degree Burn Treatment
- Soak or run the burn under cool, not cold, water for five to 10 minutes.
- Apply aloe vera or antibiotic cream and wrap with dry gauze.
- Use over-the-counter pain relievers if necessary.
Second-Degree Burn Treatment
- Follow the treatment for first-degree burns.
- Remove jewelry or other tight items before swelling occurs.
- Do not break blisters. If blisters burst on their own, gently wash them and apply antibiotic cream and a special wound dressing (like Telfa) that won’t stick to the surface of the blister. Cover the dressing with clean gauze.
Third-Degree Burn Treatment
- Call 911 or go immediately to the nearest hospital.
- Do not remove clothing stuck to the burn.
- Do not immerse in water.
- Cover the burn with a cool clean cloth or bandage.
- Keep the burn elevated above the level of the heart.
Southcoast Health provides urgent care for burns in Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Fall River, Lakeville, Seekonk, Wareham, MA, and across southeastern Massachusetts and parts of Rhode Island.