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what is the difference between 1st degree and 2nd degree burns?

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Dr. Mark Pack
Dr. Mark Pack answered
General Surgery 31 years experience
Blisters, pain: 1st-degree burn: least serious. It burns only the outer layer of skin. The skin turns red, may see swelling, pain mild. 2nd-degree burn: the burn is deeper, blisters develop, skin is usually very red, swelling occurs, pain more severe. 3rd-degree burn: most serious burns, it involves all layers of the skin. It causes permanent tissue damage. Fat, muscle and even bone can be involved.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

Should i see a doctor for second degree burns?

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Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Depends...: On the size of the burn and its location. In general, a partial thickness (2nd degree) burn should heal in less than three weeks. Treat by washing 1-2 times/day with soap and water and then dress with Bacitracin ointment and a dry gauze dressing. If pain increases or if the burn looks infected, see a doctor.
A 40-year-old female asked:

How long do I keep my bandage on after 2nd degree burns?

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Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Depends: Usually when the blisters that opened heal over you should do fine without a bandage. The bandage should be telma non stick over a prescribed burn cream or Bacitracin covered with gauze so the area can breathe and the rest of the skin stays healthy.
A 49-year-old member asked:

Can someone tell me how long will it take for my second degree burns to completely heal?

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Dr. Ralph Rosato
Plastic Surgery 36 years experience
Location: Secondary degree burns heal when new skin grows out of the hair follicles and sweat glands that are in the skin. The face will heal in a week or so but the arms or legs may take two or three weeks.
A 44-year-old member asked:

I have 2nd degree burns and my mum "can't afford to care." what do I do?

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Dr. Curtis Wong
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Second degree burns: Heal nicely with simple wound care. Yours should be healed by now. Topical ointments and dressings are all that is needed for second degree burns (blistering burns). Avoid excessive sun exposure until your skin is normal in color again.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Please tell me how long it takes for second degree burns to heal?

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Dr. Robert Dorsey
Wound care 36 years experience
Time: It will take days to weeks for the initial wound to heal. Then months for the entire process to cycle. Protect the area with sun screen to prevent repeat trauma to the area.

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