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When to Go to the ER for a Burn

Last updated 3 years ago

A burn injury can rank anywhere from minor to severe, causing only damage on the outermost layers of skin or penetrating to the fat and muscle tissue below. When burns are minor in the first or second degree, they can most often be treated at home with proper first aid. Third degree burns and widespread burns, however, can require emergency care to prevent permanent damage to the soft tissues. Burns in areas like the mouth and genitals may also warrant emergency care due to the sensitivity of these areas. If a burn that is less severe becomes infected—which is more likely when blisters are popped or broken—emergency care might become necessary well after the initial injury took place.

Whenever you are in need of detailed medical attention with a moment’s notice, visit Northside Hospital in St. Petersburg. Our ER has average wait times significantly below the national average to help the community get the care they need when it matters most. For more information, call us today at (888) 598-9586.


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