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Know what treatments might entail for a burn injury

When you suffer from a burn injury, the pain that you feel is likely going to be considerable. In some cases, the burn demands that you get medical treatments that might add to the pain temporarily. If you suffered from a serious burn, your medical care team will discuss options for your treatment with you so that you can know what to expect.

Dressings are one of the treatments that are often necessary for burn injuries. These dressings help to prevent germs from getting onto the fragile burned area. Your skin acts as a barrier for germs. When you suffer a burn, the open, raw area can enable germs to get into your body.

The issue with dressings is that they aren’t a one-and-done ordeal. Instead, you have to have the dressing changed periodically. This can be very painful, and some pain control might be necessary during the changes.

Skin grafts are another possible treatment. This involves using skin removed from a donor area of your body and putting them onto the burned area to facilitate healing of the burned area.

Medications, including creams, ointments, oral medications and IV medications are all used to treat burns. These all have their own purposes, so the team will determine what forms of treatment are appropriate for your case.

Healing from a burn injury takes considerable time. During this time, you might not be able to work, especially if your burn covers a large area and infection is too great of a risk for you to take. You might choose to seek compensation from the parties responsible for the accident during which you suffered the burn. This is done through a civil court personal injury claim.

Source: Mayo Clinic, “Treatments and drugs,” accessed Feb. 24, 2017

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