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A 37-year-old member asked:

why are burn injuries always mentioned in percentage?

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Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 39 years experience
We talk about TBSA,: ...Or total body surface area of the burn, that is, the percentage of body area burned. That number helps us differentiate minor from moderate from major burn injuries. It helps us decide whether or not to admit the patient to the hospital or transfer to a burn center. It also helps us decide on some parts of treatment, such as how much IV fluids to give early on.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

I have burn injury should you pop the sweeling of a burn or wait for it to burst on its own, what to do?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Don't pop burn: blisters - it increases risk of infection.
A 40-year-old member asked:

I have burn injury, not sure what to do, what to do?

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Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 39 years experience
Care for wound: Keep the wound clean and apply a topical antibiotic ointment (e.g., polysporin, (bacitracin and polymyxin) bacitracin, neosporin, triple-antibiotic ointment). Also be sure to get good nutrition so that you have all the necessary building blocks for wound healing. If the wound is not healing soon (i.e., in 1 to 2 weeks), or if it seems like it's getting infected, seek formal medical attention.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Any advice? What should one due in case of burn injuries?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
That depends on: the degree of burn, surface area and location.For an in-depth discussion consider discussing with your medical provider or asking a provider on Healthtap Prime or Concierge.
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A 33-year-old female asked:

Is it bad for a burn injury to turn black ?

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Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Burns: A black area can be sign of 3rd degree burn.

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