How are burn injury infections treated?

Alexander M. Majidian, MD
Plastic Surgery
An infected burn should be seen by a professional, says Alexander Majidian, MD, FACS of the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital. Watch him describe the treatment options for an infected burn in this video. 
Burns are treated with both topical and systemic antibiotics. Initially, the antimicrobial (antibiotic) ointments are rubbed on the area of the burn to coat the wound and help prevent infection. After the dead skin is removed and the wound is cleaned of burned tissue with debridement, topical antibiotic ointments are applied as a barrier against infection.

Systemic antibiotics are given orally or through intravenous therapy to treat any bacteria that was cultured or while waiting for lab results to come back. In some cases, antifungal agents are used to treat wound infections. Yet these treatments are specific and the pathogen must be identified before treatment can begin.

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