Be careful with your scarring burns.
Burn survivors often find themselves with scars. This can be emotionally and physically trying, but there are steps to take to ensure as much comfort as possible. Healing scars as well as can be expected is a vital part of wound care for burn patients, and it’s important to speak to your provider about it as soon as you begin to develop scars in place of your burn wounds. You must follow your treatment plan for the best possible results. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
Consider helpful supplies
Burn survivors often find pressure garments useful, as they can protect already-scarred skin from more injury and help them feel less itchy. Similarly, silicone gel sheets can reduce itching and dryness of the skin. Finally, custom inserts can apply constant pressure to a scar and improve the healing process.
Watch for scar tissue wounds
Even after your wound healing process has advanced to the point that you have scars, you must be careful. Scars themselves can develop wounds that can set your healing process back considerably. Know what to look for – blisters are a major issue with burn scars, for example, and they can present problems. Blisters most often come from friction, and should be drained as soon as you become aware of them. If you must bandage an opened blister, do so with a bandage with non-stick dressing.
Your skin may also tear easily when it is in the scar phase, and you’ll need non-stick dressings to deal with this occurrence as well. You must keep an eye on the borders of the wound, because deep red colors or heat and inflammation may mean you have an infection and must speak to your medical provider immediately.
Be careful in the sun
Burn wound scars are particularly susceptible to sun damage. If you must be outdoors, try to go out during any hours but those between 10 in the morning and 4 in the evening, as this is when the sun is most direct and dangerous. No matter when you go out, wear sunscreen and clothes over the affected area of your body to prevent painful further burns on burn scars. While this may be a difficult thing to remember in the summer, it’s vital for proper wound healing.
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