2nd-degree burn: supplies for pain management and healing?
December 14, 2013 2:09 AM Subscribe
2nd-degree burns: what helped you recover from and care for yours? Any advice as I prep to leave tomorrow for a vacation where I won't have access to any big pharmacies/stores?
posted by kalapierson to Health & Fitness (20 answers total)
I burned the top of my foot (with spilled boiling water) a few hours ago. There are two entirely open blisters, each about an inch long & half an inch wide, and slightly concave/deep, along with other equally small red areas that blistered but didn't open up.
I've had help from my husband who's not a medical doctor but is a Biology phd. He says the open blisters look deep enough that we should take me to an urgent care when it opens a few hours from now, so they can be dressed well and we can get complete instructions for their care. We followed the instructions for immediate 2nd-degree burn care (cold water soak, then sterile gauze bandaging and foot now elevated).
We're leaving on a vacation tomorrow that luckily can involve plenty of relaxing (was beach-focused, but clearly I'll need to avoid beach). I need advice re. what to buy and pack -- today is my last day with access to a full pharmacy.
Right now the pain just sitting still is very intense, and if I try to take a step on the foot, it hurts unbearably. Luckily I have crutches I can bring on the vacation. I am going to need some rx pain management (I took 2 ibuprofen an hour ago and the pain's just gotten worse).
I've only had rx painkillers once in my life for a few days (Percocet) and they worked for me. My husband is really concerned by recent research on the dangers of acetaminophen so we'll be asking for painkillers without it. Is there a good way to go about asking for this, or will this be no issue with an urgent care doc? (I have a regular doc and good health insurance; I'm just leaving the country tomorrow!)