Posted by: Burn Victim | 2007/06/18


Doc, could you please advise? I've burned myself last week and posted to you. You advised me to go to a doctor, but payday is only on the 25th and I don't have medical aid. I went to a pharmasist, he gave me Betadine and told me NOT to bandage the wound and wait for it to dry.

I realise that you can get angry with me for not listening to you in the first place, but the wound does not get any better and I don't know how it looks if there is infection in it!! It stays "wet" and extremely painfull. Can I put "mecurocrome" on it??? All I have at home is that, Betadine and Annique ResQue cream. Should I bandage it up?? What can happen if I leave this untreated? How does infection look??? Please help me, I promise I won't bother you again. I'm desperate and sort of scared.

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Dear Burn Victim
NO please don't put mercurochrome on it. If there is no pus in the wound, Get some Bactroban or silversalazine ointment, and paraffin gauze - put the ointment thickly on the wet area, put the paraffin gauze over it, then a wad of normal gauze and bandage it. Clean it daily with antiseptic - gently.
Infected burn wounds have a red angry area around the wound and a yellow thickish puss inside that does not rinse off (dead tissue). If this is the case, see if you can get Granuflex - it is a sticky plaster that you put on (it must be bigger by 1cm margin than the wound - sticky side on the wound) and you leave it on for 3 days - this removes the dead tissue and helps the wound to heal.
Otherwise go to a provincial hospital casualty department for treatment? Will be much cheaper?

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