Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Seek emergency medical care for burns that are moderate or severe, are widespread, or involve your hands, feet, groin or face. For less severe burns, you may need an appointment with your health care provider. The information below can help you prepare.

Prepare a list of questions so that you can make the most of your time with your doctor. For burns, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:

  • Do I need treatment for the burn?
  • What are my treatment options and the pros and cons for each?
  • What are the alternatives to the primary approach that you're suggesting?
  • Can I wait to see if the burn heals on its own?
  • Do I need prescription medication, or can I use over-the-counter medications to treat the burn?
  • What results can I expect?
  • What skin care routines do you recommend while the burn heals?
  • What kind of follow-up, if any, should I expect?
  • What changes in my skin should I look for?

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions, such as:

  • How did the burn occur?
  • Do you have other symptoms?
  • Do you have underlying health conditions, such as diabetes?
  • What at-home burn treatments have you used, if any?
  • Have you noticed any changes in the appearance of the burn?
Aug. 21, 2012