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Burns can happen as a result of excess exposure to the sun, contact with an open flame, harmful chemicals, electricity and even smoke inhalation. If you suffer a burn that’s deep, causes the skin to appear charred or is larger than 3 inches, seek medical attention right away.
How you care for a burn wound depends on the severity of the wound itself. Once first aid has been applied, certain treatments may be used to improve the condition of your wound. Treatments can include medications, dressings, surgery or therapy.
Provided your burn isn’t severe, wounds can be treated effectively using home therapies. Rinse your burn with cool water and clean thoroughly with soap. After drying your wound and the surrounding area, apply a simple antibiotic ointment and non-stick bandage to the damaged skin.
Negative pressure wound therapy is a therapeutic technique that uses vacuum-assisted drainage methods to remove blood or fluid from the site of a wound. Generally, it’s performed using a pump to create a negative pressure environment in the wound, which can help promote faster healing.
Red light therapy (RLT) is a therapeutic technique that uses low-level wavelengths of light to treat wounds and other conditions. While some studies have shown that RLT might be a promising new treatment, more evidence is needed to determine its overall effectiveness.
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