How do medications treat electrical burns?

Burn creams and antibiotic ointments can help treat electrical 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 IV medications for severe burns. Topical medicines may be used on some electrical burns as well to help pain and accelerate the rate of healing.

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery

Antibiotic creams include Silvadene and Sulfamylon may help to reduce the bacterial count and promote healing including granulation tissue and re-epithelialization. The wounds must first be debrided of dead tissue and skin (escharotomy) and then dressing changed twice a day with antibiotic creams or solutions until clean enough and with healthy bleeding tissue to support and skin graft. 

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