Burn Recovery Tidbits and Pearls
Looking After Healed Burns
Common Symptoms with Remedies
Dry Skin - use of non-perfumed moisturizing cream.
Itchiness - use of non-perfumed moisturizing cream, keep room temperatures cool, use of antihistamine medications.
Tightness - use of moisturizing cream, completing stretching exercises, completing scar massage.
Blisters - these are common and occur frequently. No not pop blisters. If they occur on their own apply a light dressing.
Bruises - new skin is thin and fragile. Extra layers of clothing helps protect against bumps and scratches.
Swelling - keep limbs elevated above heart when resting, use of compression garments.
Cold Sensitivity - wear extra base layers, warm mittens, and insulated footwear.
Skin Sensitivity - this is normal during skin healing, do not avoid touching skin and consult your therapist for a desensitization program.
Scars after a burn injury can have a large impact both on physical and psychological health and wellbeing. Skin grafts and scar are trying to tighten 24 hours a day. Here are some tips to help manage scarring and prevent tightening.
Take Care of Your Skin - Apply non-perfumed lotion 3-4 times a day to counteract dryness, itch, skin cracking and blistering. Apply sunscreen with SPF 30+ to help maintain even skin tones.
Wear Compression Garments - Compression garments help to flatten and soften scar and can be used to improve both the cosmetic and function outcomes of scars. Contact your Burn Team Occupational Therapist regarding custom compression garments for burn scar.
Scar Massage - Completing 15-20 minutes of scar massage 3x/week helps to flatten and soften scar.
Use Prescribed Splints and Orthotic Devices - These devices can help stretch out scar and help maintain movement.
Exercises and Stretches - Exercises prescribed by your Occupational and Physical Therapists help to maintain movement and continues to stretch scar
Resume You Normal Daily Activities - Functional activities allows joints to go through normal movement patterns and continued to foster independence and confidence.