A Guide to Burns Aftercare

For those who have been unfortunate enough to suffer burns that required medical treatment, looking after the affected area once you have finished receiving treatment from a professional is vital. The purpose of burns aftercare is to control the amount of scarring you will have and to make you more comfortable during your recovery. I have put together a brief guide to burns aftercare for anyone who happens to suffer a significant burn injury.

Washing and creaming

After suffering a burn the healed skin tissues change over time and the scars can often appear to be very severe. These will improve over time as your skin begins to recover.  When your skin is burned, glands that are responsible for producing the skin’s natural oils are also damaged, and without these oils the skin has no way of keeping itself soft.  You will have to replace those oils by first washing the affected area with baby soap at least three times a day, before massaging a prescribed moisturising cream into your skin. Before applying more layers of moisturiser be sure to wash the area to remove some of the old cream, as excessive build up stops the skin breathing and can cause spots.

Massaging

If you massage the burn affected area regularly with moisturiser you can reduce the amount of tissue fluid build up within the scar. This will allow you to move the area more freely and allow you to be more comfortable in general. Once the wound has healed up continue to massage the area lightly to prevent damage to the new skin. Too much pressure can break the skin and cause painful blisters. Over time the pressure you apply to a massage should be increased to help the scar recover fully. This can often be uncomfortable initially but with perseverance this will reduce and the experience will become more enjoyable.

Pressure garments

Pressure garments provide firm even pressure over the affected area, and combined with creaming and massaging helps to control your scarring. You will be measured up for you own individual garment to make it as comfortable as possible and re-measured regularly to see if it needs replacing. Pressure garments work by altering the blood supply to the scars, changing the cells and structure of the scar tissue to make them softer paler and more supple.

Pressure garments will also relieve the itching that is associated with burn scars. Garments must be worn all the time and should only be removed for creaming and massaging. Putting your pressure garment on can be difficult at first bit with practice this becomes easier. Burns patients are commonly given two garments so that they have one to wash and one to wear. Follow the care instructions given to you and you shouldn’t encounter too many problems during your recovery.

Experiencing burns can be traumatic and recovering from them can be a long and sometimes painful process. If you follow these aftercare tips and take on board the advice given to you by your hospital or medical centre you will find your recovery a positive experience as your skin heals gradually over time.

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