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Fall has officially begun, which means the season of holidays is in front of us. And of course, with all of our Thanksgiving and Christmas traditions, we may find ourselves spending long days in the kitchen. Unfortunately, more time at the stove can mean more opportunity for accidental burns.

Whatever the source of your burn may be, they can cause serious pain and require medical attention. It can be hard to tell if a burn needs professional medical treatment because they can range in severity and even worsen over time. At FirstCall Medical Center, our team of healthcare professionals can provide quality urgent care services to treat various types of burns.

Treating 1st and 2nd-degree burns

The severity of your burn generally depends on its size. The larger the burn, the more serious the treatment may be. The surface of your palm is considered to be 1% of the skin surface. Any burn that is 3% or larger requires medical attention for adults. If a burn is larger than 10% of the skin (a third or fourth-degree burn) or is in a more sensitive area, it’s best to visit the emergency room. 

Symptoms of 1st and 2nd-degree burns, that can be treated at urgent care, are as follows:

1st-degree Burns

  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling

2nd-degree Burns

  • Blotchy Skin (Red or White in Color)
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Blisters
  • Drainage

What can an urgent care center do for your burn?

Urgent care centers are a great resource for all types of injuries, including burns. They can provide you with the appropriate treatment you need to heal your burn efficiently and prevent infection or further complications. 

Some of the services an urgent care center can offer for burns include:

  • Cleaning the wound
  • Applying a sterile dressing
  • Giving you a tetanus shot if necessary
  • Prescribing antibiotics to prevent infection
  • Referring you to a specialist if necessary

If you are suffering from a burn and are questioning whether or not urgent care can treat it, call us today at (410) 730-3399. If you have any doubt about the size or degree of your burn, it is always best to see a healthcare provider.

Injury Urgent Care at FirstCall Medical Center

FirstCall Medical Center is equipped to handle all types of burns. Our clinic is open seven days a week, able to provide you with the best possible treatment for injuries and acute illnesses. If you have a burn, don’t wait for the pain to pass on its own – seek medical treatment and take charge of your health!