If you accidentally burn yourself while cooking or grilling, then you may decide to treat the injury at home. And, this may be the best option if the burn is small, minimally painful, and not really bothersome. However, there are many circumstances where it is wise to seek out treatment at an urgent care center. Keep reading to learn about some signs that you should be seeking more advanced care as soon as possible.

Visible And Large Burns

One of the important things you need to look at when it comes to a burn is where it is located. Locations that could result in deformities, infections, or the inability to complete daily tasks should be treated. This means any burn to the hands, face, genitals, feet, or eyes. 

And, if the burn is quite large, it is also problematic. Large burns can result in the loss of large amounts of fluid and electrolytes. Fluid replacement therapy is often needed and can be started at an urgent care center. A large burn is one that is about equal to or bigger than the palm of your hand. If you have several burns that add up to about the same surface area, then this is problematic as well.

In addition to the size and location, depth is another factor to consider. Any burn that has caused the destruction of the full thickness of the skin or even half of its thickness requires treatment, regardless of its size.

Infected Burns

If you have a burn that you decided to treat at home, then you may still need treatment during the healing process. This is something that is necessary if you notice that your burn is showing signs of infection. Some of these signs include an increase in pain while the burn is healing. Typically, pain may increase for the first two to seven days, especially if it is a full thickness burn. However, you should start to experience some relief around the five to seven day mark.

Also, infected burns will start to appear more red and swollen. You may notice some additional drainage and seepage from the wound too, and a foul odor may develop. If you look closely at the burn, you may notice a thick and white material starting to develop and this is the formation of pus.

Infections are usually accompanied by low-grade fevers. So, keep an eye on your overall body temperature as well.

If you want to know more about burns and how you can determine whether or not you require medical treatment, speak with an urgent care center.