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When should you see a doctor for a first-degree burn?

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Seek medical help if:

  • You see signs of infection, like increased pain, redness, swelling, fever, or oozing
  • The person needs tetanus or booster shot, depending on date of last injection
  • The burn blister is larger than 2 inches or oozes
  • Redness and pain last more than a few hours
  • Pain worsens

From: Thermal Burns Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: “Mass Casualties: Burns.”

Family Doctor: “First Aid: Burns.”

Subbarao, I. , Random House Reference, 2009. AMA Handbook of First Aid and Emergency Care

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Hot Tips: First Aid for Burns.”

Merck Manual: “Burns.”

New York-Presbyterian: “Burns.”

Thermal Burns Information from eMedicineHealth

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 29, 2017

SOURCES:

CDC: “Mass Casualties: Burns.”

Family Doctor: “First Aid: Burns.”

Subbarao, I. , Random House Reference, 2009. AMA Handbook of First Aid and Emergency Care

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Hot Tips: First Aid for Burns.”

Merck Manual: “Burns.”

New York-Presbyterian: “Burns.”

Thermal Burns Information from eMedicineHealth

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 29, 2017

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