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What to do, i have a 2nd degree burn, how can i bath/shower?

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Dr. William Brender answered

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Controversial: Many doctors do not let their patients shower. If you are using xeroform or silverdine, you can shower daily or multiple times a day, as long as the water goes from the burn down. Then put a dressing on as clean as possible. You should never bath with a burn. Bacteria from the genital and rectal area can infect the wounds. You must consult your doctor and follow his/her instructions.

Answered 6/27/2018

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Dr. Michael Miller answered

Specializes in Wound care

Superfast healing: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation ( red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infected. Showering is ok but go easy on the scrubbing.

Answered 4/5/2018

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Dr. Robert Dorsey answered

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Depends: Generally it is acceptable to shower and wash the area gently with a mild soap. Don't use alcohol, betadine nor hydrogen peroxide. Then apply some type of a dressing to the burned area. Do not leave open to air. Check on your tetanus status.

Answered 10/23/2017

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Dr. Krishna Narayanan answered

Specializes in Plastic Surgery

Aquaphor: Topical aquaphor can offer relief from symptoms such as burning and irritation of skin.

Answered 6/27/2018

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