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A 23-year-old female asked:

i have a second degree burn and the skin peeled off and i want to know if its going to stay like that?

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Dr. Traci Buxton
Family Medicine 23 years experience
It should heal soon: With daily wound care (covering the wound with a bandage and antibiotic if there are signs of infection) the wound should heal quickly. See your doctor if you develop fever, chills, redness at the wound site or colored wound drainage.
Dr. Tharesh Udupa
Podiatry 22 years experience
Dressings?: Make sure you keep the area moist with some type of dressing. Usually silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) works well for wounds. Make sure you get in and let someone see the burn because an infection could set in.
Dr. James Burns
Emergency Medicine 37 years experience
Under normal: Cercumstances a second degree burn is defined as partial thickness dermal injury which under m=normal circumstances and lacking infection should heal rapidly if kept clean, moist and mechanically protected with sterile dressings.

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A 37-year-old female asked:

Is it normal for the exposed layer of skin to peel or slough in a second degree burn?

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Dr. Eugene Sidoti
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Yes: A second degree burn involves a partial thickness injury to the skin. The epidermis usually separates from the dermis and often forms fluid filled blisters. Usually the damaged superficial layer of skin peels or sloughs off as the skin underneath heals. This peeling can also happen in some 1st degree burns (e.G sunburn).

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