A burn is one of the most common injuries and it can be life threatening. Burns are susceptible to infection when the wound is open to germs and bacteria.
Burns are classified in three degrees. First degree is a minor burn where the skin is not blistered, but red and painful. This type of burn probably will not be able to get infected because the skin is closed.
Blisters Can Get Infected
Second-degree burns are more serious and may need a doctor’s care. Second-degree burns can have blisters that break open allowing germs and bacteria to enter and cause infection.
Third-degree burns are the worst and are quite serious. You will be under a doctor’s care and possibly hospitalized. Burn wound infections are a risk.
Never use any butter or grease on a burn to cool it off; this can increase the chance of infection. Do not break or pop any of the blisters in the wound.
As the wound heals, you must be very careful to keep it clean and sanitary. Covering it with a sterile gauze pad or bandage can keep the wound clean. Bathe or shower everyday in a clean tub.
Symptoms of an infected burn wound are change in the color of the skin around the burn, swelling, strange odor, the wound sinks deeper into the skin and gets larger, green or yellow pus develops, and a fever.