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A 46-year-old member asked:

can i swim with a second degree burn?

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Dr. Eric Lullove
Podiatry 19 years experience
No!!: Swimming with any open wound is never a good idea. The presence of water will attract bacteria and potentially cause an infection. You are better off waiting until you have healed before jumping in the deep end. There is a company that makes a cast/bandage protector with an watertight/airtight seal, but I am not sure of the name.
Dr. Lauren Romeo
Wound care 19 years experience
Maybe...: If the skin is still closed as in just a blister, you can probably swim, but open skin can lead to infection.
Dr. Krishna Narayanan
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Wait: I will wait till the area is fully covered with good skin.

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A 28-year-old member asked:

What is the main difference between a fist and a second degree burn?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Blister: First degree is redness and second degree is blisters. It not extensive both are treatable with cold compresses, and silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) or biafine cream.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What would a second degree burn look like?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Blister: A blister intact or partially broken with clear fluid.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What should you do if you have a pretty small second degree burn?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Silvadene (silver sulfadiazine): Silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) or biafine cream can be applied several times a day to prevent secondary infections and allow rapid healing. Oral antibiotic are not necessary for a small second degree burn unless it appears secondarily infected.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Do I need to go to the hospital for a second degree burn?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Depends on…: Location of burn & how large an area is involved. Burns of face, hands, joints, genital areas can be more serious than those of other areas. Large burns, especially if blisters break, may be difficult to manage by yourself & more prone to infection; so seek medical attention depending on above info. Fp may be 1st step unless burn is large or one of those special areas.
A 39-year-old member asked:

How can I treat a second degree burn?

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Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 35 years experience
Seek medical care: Second degree or partial thickness burns will often heal without surgery. The likelihood is affected by your medical condition, age, and factors such as smoking history. These burns can be treated in a number of different ways including topical salves and biologic or other barrier dressings. One of the more common burn creams is silvadene, (silver sulfadiazine) but it is not the only option.

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