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A burn is the result of severe damage to skin tissue caused by heat, electricity, chemicals, or radiation. Some burns—such as electrical burns— can cause damage beneath the skin that is not visible to the eye.

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What is a burn?

Most topical burns are minor and frequently occur at home, the workplace or in the sun. The best course of action to treat a burn often depends on what caused it and the severity of the symptoms.

Burns typically fall into one of three categories, severity increasing with each category:

  • First-degree

  • Second-degree

  • Third-degree

Burn Symptoms

Common symptoms of burns include:

  • Blistering, accompanies by the thickening of the skin

  • Pain

  • Peeling skin

  • Red, irritated skin

  • Swelling at the contact site

  • Tenderness

  • Shock, including pale, clammy skin

  • Yellowing or whitening of the skin

  • Charring of the skin

Severe burn symptoms include:

  • Rapid pulse

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Hives

  • Swollen lips, throat or tongue

  • Nausea or diarrhea

  • Dizziness

  • Anaphylaxis

How to Treat Burns

Minor burns can often be treated by applying aloe vera to reduce redness and relieve pain. Based on the circumstances of your burn, our doctors at the WellNow Urgent Care clinic near you may prescribe an antibiotic cream or recommend another course of treatment for your injury. Feel free to contact us anytime for more information about burns and burn treatment.

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When should you visit us for burn treatment?

If you are experiencing any of the burn symptoms listed below, check in online or walk into a WellNow Urgent Care location nearest you.

This medical information has been reviewed for accuracy by Dr. Robert Birenbaum, Chief Medical Officer for WellNow Urgent Care.

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Injuries We Treat

WellNow Urgent Care can help when you or a family member is hurt. Our dedicated medical team will provide prompt, comprehensive and compassionate care to help you get better, faster.

This list contains are most frequently treated injuries. If you are experiencing pain from an injury not listed or are unsure of the source of your discomfort, visit a WellNow Urgent Care clinic near you or start a virtual care session.

A - E

Abscesses and Cysts
Back Pain
Cuts and Lacerations
Dog Bites
Eye Complaints

F - Z

Foreign Body Removal
Insect Bites and Stings
Minor Head Injuries
Sprained Ankle