This is going to sound stupid but it never occurred to me to go to a Dr/ER for a burn injury, I mean obviously if its looking infected or covering a large area yeah but I have never gone to a Dr for burns, including a 3rd degree burn that covered my entire left hand. Now granted my perception is a bit warped probably on this but here's why. My step brother and I ironically both burned our entire left hand on the same day pretty badly. 1st I fried my hand from an electrical burn thanks to advice from my stupid brother. I ended up with a charred black hand with some white areas in the webbing between fingers. Don't remember ever feeling any pain, just some shock symptoms which were treated at home (very long story). Now being the savvy kid I was I knew what to do when treating a burn (I was taking care of my own stitches by the time I was 4 so lots of 1st aid practice since step mom refused to treat my injuries/wounds, my mom made sure I knew how because of this) and didn't know it was that severe of a burn. I do remember asking to go to the ER but my step mom refused to take me and said my dad could take me when he got home if he felt like it and since I wasn't in pain it wasn't a big deal. (To this day I still believe this woman to be evil)
Anyway, Karma struck and swiftly
(yes I know but if you knew the family dynamics you'd understand THAT feeling) That afternoon my
step brother was refilling his zippo lighter and got fuel all over his hand and being the bright soul that he was proceeded to light up a smoke without washing his hands first
2nd degree burns that hurt like you know what. Still remember seeing his hand all red with huge blisters and telling him he was a stupid idiot because he of course immediately proceeded to slather his hand in BUTTER rather then cool water
(I was 12 and he was 15 AND a boy scout and still obviously didn't know basic 1st aid)
He got hauled off to the ER by step mom all freaked out about her "poor baby getting burned" I however wasn't given the option and still since I had no pain they (dad and step mom) said I didn't need to see the Dr.
Now a day or 2 later I remember going with him to the Dr for a check up and what I saw I will never forget, they were actually scrubbing his skin off or at least thats what it looked like to me. I just remember my brother in agony while they did it. Dr noticed my hand was also wrapped and took a quick look at my hand and said I needed a Dr but my wise father and step mother said no it didn't hurt so why get stuck with a huge bill for whats obviously a surface burn and not a big deal
(CPS made regular visits to our house over stuff like this).
Anyway, my brother ended up with some pretty ugly scars which I blame on the care he received. I lost the use of my left hand for several months and remember sporting the Micheal Jackson look wearing a white breathable cotton glove to protect the burn while it healed which took forever and it took several years for full sensation to come back. In the end though all I got was my hands had 2 different shades of color with one far paler then the other. No noticeable scaring and the only evidence of the burn is the color difference between the two. Its been 20 some years and the color is pretty equal now and if you look closely the left hand appears to be a bit more aged then the right which could come off as very minor scaring.
I've had several 2nd and 3rd degree burns since but nothing bigger then about 2" and always treated at home. Again no scaring (but yet simple cuts leave ugly scars
) using home care.
Am I the odd man out that treats burns at home? Its just never occurred to me to go to the ER for what seems like a minor thing. Yes I know, my family was umm different. Had concussions but never went to the ER, cuts that needed stitches earned you alcohol, steri strips and gauze to close yourself, all kinds of injuries that usually just earned you an ice pack and razzing for what ever stupid thing you did to get hurt. Heck, even an intimate encounter with lightening didn't earn a trip to the ER since I was walking and talking by the time the storm passed and the phones were restored. (I was summarily razzed about getting caught outside in the storm rather then heading into the house as soon as the thunder started, I was running like bat outta [email protected]
to get to the house when I got hit
storm came up out of no where with no warning)
Before anyone worries, no, I have no problem taking my kids to the ER, were there several times a year in fact. I just don't go for myself unless I think its pretty severe like a broken bone or something.
I'm just surprised at the lack of info online about treating injuries online naturally and looked up burns and it all says see the Dr instead of how to treat at home and giving suggestions on when you really need to see the Dr vs its ok to treat at home and whats just scare tactics to get you into a hospital. (talking adults here, not kids)