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A 44-year-old male asked:

Burn on thumb from hot steam. very red. looks patchy or maybe "future blisters" (hard to tell) internet keeps saying hand burns need to be treated differently. what is best treatment and does being on hand change that? pain is decreasing. thanks

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Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Size matters here: Any burn's seriousness & urgency of treatment depends on how big the wound is, what caused it, and how deep. Typically steam from a tea kettle or hot food will be first or second degree. The area, if small and getting less painful and is not surrounding the whole finger or a joint can be treated like any other minor burn. Silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) helps the pain (but is a prescription). Keep clean, protect area.
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Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine 39 years experience
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Also make sure tetanus is up to date. Burns are considered tetanus prone. Can get one if needed within 72 hours. Advil or Tylenol helps. Protect with bandage. Keeping air off it decreases pain. Don't pop a blister, and if breaks on own, use a little bacitracin. (salves decrease pain too: air hurts. If you tough it and it has no feeling or turns white.hard or black. or there's pus later see doc.
Nov 27, 2014
Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Provided original answer
Thanks for the Thank You note! Hope you get better fast.
May 12, 2019
Dr. Corinne Kauderer
Wound care 37 years experience
Burns are burns: Do not believe all what you read on the internet; burns are burns and have to be addressed quickly. Wash the area with soap and water then apply an anti-burn cream such as silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) to the area, then cover it with sterile gauze. Do not ignore it otherwise it can get infected. See an Internist or go to the ER.
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Last updated May 12, 2019

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