Silvadene is a topical antimicrobial agent that’s applied directly to the skin over wounds—most commonly ones that are the result of second- and third-degree burns. There may be other skin infections where your healthcare provider recommends the cream as well.
The National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) lists the following guidelines for applying Silvadene cream:
- Clean and debride the burn before applying the cream. Debriding involves removing dead tissue and any foreign material. (First, ensure that the area around you and your tools are clean.)
- Plan and stick to an application schedule. The cream is usually applied twice a day with a thickness that’s equal to 1/16th of an inch.
- Cover the wound with gauze or a bandage, if you like, especially if you want to safeguard the burn from knocks and bumps. A covering will also reduce infection risks.
- Reapply the cream as soon as possible if day-to-day activities (like washing the dishes) cause the cream to wear off.
- Continue to use the cream until the burn area has healed sufficiently.
Contact your healthcare provider if you notice that the condition of your skin hasn’t improved or is getting worse.