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How do medications treat burns?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
Small burns that are deep second degree or full thickness third degree may require antibiotic creams such as Silvadene or Sulfamylon followed by surgical tangential debridement and possible skin grafting. These antibiotic creams help to reduce bacterial count and promote granulation tissue and reepithelialization of the edges. 
Antibiotic ointments can help treat burns by preventing infections from developing. Pain medications can also be used to help relieve the hurting. These can vary from simple over-the-counter pain medications for a first-degree burn to intravenous (IV) medications for severe burns. Topical medicines can be used on the burn as well to help pain and accelerate the rate of healing.

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