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How To Treat Painful Burn On Fingers
Depends...: On how large and deep the burn is. In general, a burn that heals in less than three weeks does not need surgery. Initial treatment is to wash with soap and water 1-2 times a day, apply an antibiotic ointment (bacitracin) and a bandaid. Elevate the injured hand above your heart to prevent throbbing and keep moving the injured finger to prevent stiffness--it should gradually heal. ...Read more
Icing: For a small burn at home immediately put ice on the area (use a bag of frozen peas for instance) for a full 15 minutes which will reduce the pain and prevent the spread. You can also put the finger into a glass with ice water. If the burn is large or there is charring and loss of skin, use ice but go to an emergency room for further care. ...Read more
FIND THE CAUSE FIRST: The cause will then trigger the most appropriate treatment. ...Read more
Rapid re-warming: If this is a thermal (freezing) injury, then the finger should be re-warmed. Submersion in warm (not hot) water can be done, for 15-30 minutes. The wound should be dressed with gauze and with antibiotic ointment and an anti-inflammatory like Ibuprofen given. Freon is concerning because inhalation or ingestion can lead to abnormal heart rhythms. So getting away from exposure is key. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Finger rash: It is important to make a diagnosis before deciding on treatment. You could have a contact dermatitis or an infection or a burn or something else entirely. See your doctor for evaluation and therapy. In the meantime cold compresses may provide relief while you go to see your doctor. ...Read more
Watch for infection: It is important to clean the burn, keep it covered and watch for infection . Can use a topical antibiotic. If swollen, painful or deep, you need to seek further medical care. Also important to stay hydrated and to keep the arm at heart level or above most of the time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on Severity: A first degree burn (without blistering) can be treated with cool compresses, aloe vera, vitamin c, e, and sometimes steroid creams. Second degree burns (with blistering) may require antibiotics, and you should visit your physician. If you have a severe third degree burn (takes the skin off) you should not apply cold water or ice. Get to an emergency room! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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