A 29-year-old male asked:
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i burned my leg on my bike exhaust almost 10 days ago, but it didn't heal up completely. i'm applying silverex cream. how else can i speed the healing process?

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Dr. Michael Tomeo
38 years experience Dermatology
Patience: A burn is a very traumatic injury and will take awhile to heal -- continue to use the silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) cream until the skin heals over. After that time , you can try Mederma to prevent scarring ...
Answered on Feb 18, 2015
Dr. Tracy Berg
32 years experience General Surgery
Burn wound: Time to heal of a burn wound is dependent on several factors, including the depth of the burn. Deeper burns will take longer to heal. Okay to check in with your doc.
Answered on Sep 22, 2013
Dr. Otto Placik
34 years experience Plastic Surgery
Stop silverex: If you wound is not infected than silverex may actually slow healing. All you may need is Bacitracin or aquaphor ointment with twice a day cleansings with a mild soap such as cetaphil. Any edema or swelling in the lower legs may also slow healing and wearing appropriate compression garments will help along with elevation when possible. Stop tobacco use. If not healed by 2 weeks, scars are likely.
Answered on Nov 16, 2015
Dr. Barry Press
44 years experience Plastic Surgery
Not much you can do: Time to healing depends on how deep the burn is. In general, a burn that heals in less than three weeks does not need surgery. Initial treatment is to wash with soap and water 1-2 times a day, apply an antibiotic ointment (bacitracin). If pain increases or no healing in 10-14 days, see your doctor or someone experienced in burn treatment.
Answered on Jul 26, 2015

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