• 6 months ago

    Burn treatment: Hydrocollid vs Dry Dressing

    Wasnt sure where to post this.I have a minor burn from bumping my belly onto a cast iron skillet yesterday. I had dressed it with a dry bandage, but this morning it was covered in puss and. I cleaned it with water and a cotton ball (which seemed to cause some skin to come off) and cut up a Hydrocolloid bandage (CVS brand "Advanced Healing Bandage") and placed it over the burn (only about a half an inch long.)

    I have been seeing on some sites including WEBMD that dry bandages are recommended, but I wonder if its okay to use Hydrocolloid since it is NOT supposed to stick to the wound (although last time I used one it did and since my wound isnt bloody it may stick?) or if I should use a compress and gauze?

    I'm also not sure how often to change a Hydrocolloid bandage, last time it puffed and I took it off and it removed the new layer of skin so I'm a bit skeptical, but this seems to be the best way to prevent infection.


  • 6 months ago

    RE: Burn treatment: Hydrocollid vs Dry Dressing


    I am sorry you are going through this. I think your best option would be to see a doctor. If you do not have a primary doctor, then go to an urgent care clinic or hospital emergency room. Burns as you describe can be easily and quickly infected and do need medical attention. If cost is a factor, then go to a hospital er and they must treat you and then you can work out a payment plan.

    I pray you find answers and relief soon.