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2nd Degree Burn Healing Stages
Burn healing: Second degree burns are painful and wet. The signs of healing are "buds" of new epithelium that come from deeper glands or hair follicles that were not damaged from the burn. These appear like red islands that coalesce with time. Full thickness burns damage these deeper structures and thus will not show signs of healing and require skin grafting to replace the damaged skin. ...Read more
After the injury: Then the hemorrhage and inflammatory stage starts which elaborates many types of growth factors stimulating cytokine activity, angiogenesis, phagocytosis, collagen cross-linking and epitheliaization all of which leads to healing so long as continued injury, contamination or infection is controlled and any chronic disease states like diabetes and vascular disease are controlled. ...Read more
Burn Healing: A second degree burn is generally indicated by the presence of blisters and the area is painful. Unless the burn is very small you should get medical attention to evaluate the severity of the burn and to receive appropriate care so the burn wound will heal properly with minimal scarring. Some deep second degree burns may require surgical treatment. ...Read more
Kind of tricky: This question is a little tricky, because I don't know how you got the burn in the first place? Some people burn themselves when they are intoxicated -- makes it more likely to have accidents. Also, I agree with dr. Weiner about the dehydration part. If you can't hold off drinking while your body heals from this burn, better take a look at your use of alcohol. Best wishes in getting well. ...Read more
I have a 2nd degree burn. It was red and blistered but now it is peeling and not painful. Is this a good sign it's healing?
Can I sweat (work out) with a healing 2nd degree burn? It's been a week and it is healing slightly, starting to scab but is very sensitive still.
Depends: The details are everything. Exactly where is the burn? How large? What kind of work out? What have you done for it? ...Read more
I'm being treated for a 4"x12" 2nd degree burn on my stomach +7 days now. Will going back to my active job inhibit the healing process?
I have a very small 2nd degree burn on one finger & it's healing. The skin there is reddish pink. To prevent scarring, should I use aloe vera? Vit A+D?
2nd degree burn from boiling water on foot 6 days ago blister popped 3 ago and got very painful. Although healing, it's painful to walk. Any concerns?
Infection: Infection would be my #1 concern.Get a more detailed answer ›
Partial thickness: These burns are defined as superficial or deep partial thickness burns. This means some of the key parts of the skin to allow for closure of the wound are in place. However surgery may still be needed in some cases or depending on location, complications. Often people can recognize these burns by the appearance of blisters. ...Read more
Redness, fever: If there is redness of the burn, warmth around the burn, or pus or white/ yellow discharge in the burned area, it may be a sign of an infection. If you have fever or chills, those can also indicate infection. It is best to have a doctor evaluate your burn to determine if there is an infection. ...Read more
After: The popped blisters are no longer raw and have healed ...Read more
Depends on Location: This is wholly based on where your burn is located. You should be referred to a plastic surgeon who is more demonstrative able to help you with the dressings after a 2nd degree burn. ...Read more
Healed: When the burned area is completely healed. This may takes months. Wld use sunscreen so not to re-burn the skin for it is susceptible to burning. ...Read more
I have a second degree burn and the skin peeled off and I want to know if its going to stay like that?
Is hypopigmentation a problem for life, or will it change? It was caused by 2nd degree burn 6 months ago.
Burn: At 6 months, the burned area is still healing. There may be some changes in time. ...Read more
My second degree burn have lasted for two months and there is a red/pinkish/white mark where it used to be. How can I heal it?
Topical cream: Use a good moisturizing cream with aloe and vit e. ...Read more
How can I tell if I got a superficial 2nd degree burn? It healed after about a week but it still has a red hue to it. Will it go away
Maybe: The degree of a burn is determined by blistering (2nd degree) or loss of sensation (3rd degree). First degree burn is just redness. If you have continued redness after a burn it may be inflammatory changes or post inflammatory hyper pigmentation. You didn't mention how long ago the burn was. The color may go away on it's own, but it may not. You should see a doctor if it's been over a month. ...Read more
Second Degree Burn: If the second-degree burn is no larger than 3 inches (7.6 centimeters) in diameter, treat it as a minor burn. If the burned area is larger or if the burn is on the hands, feet, face, groin or buttocks, or over a major joint, treat it as a major burn and get medical help immediately. Minor burns: cool the burn, cover with gauze, take over the counter pain relievers, do not pop blisters. ...Read more
Skin antimicrobials: Second-degree burns will heal on their own, given good wound care and good nutrition. Burns on the face should be gooped up with antibiotic ointment several times a day; no dressings are necessary. Burn wounds elsewhere can have antibiotic ointment or silver sulfadiazine applied and then dressed with dressing changes daily in conjunction with a bath/shower. ...Read more
Second degree burns: Are defined by the presence of blisters, but can range from very shallow to very deep. In general, the best treatment (in my opinion) is to remove the blisters to prevent the possibility of a closed space infection. Wash with soap and water, pat dry and apply Bacitracin ointment and a dry dressing 2-3 times/day. If increasing pain, drainage or redness or if not healed in two weeks, see a doctor. ...Read more
It depends: Superficial second degree burns can be exposed to air fairly soon. Deeper burns with blisters should be protected until all of the blisters have been decompressed. All burns should be coated with thin film of antibiotic ointment or a white cream called silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) until the skin is fully healed. ...Read more
2-3 weeks: Depending on area involved and whether deep partial thickness or more superficial, roughly 2-3 weeks. If more, was probably a deeper burn or other issues involved. ...Read more
Burns stage: First degree is red tender like a sunburn with no blisters and heals without a problem. Second degree is deeper involves the epidermis and part of dermis layer of the skin if all the dermis is burned it is third degree second usually heals but if deep dermis can leave scars or pigment changes. ...Read more
Depends: On the percentage of skin burned, the location, etc make sure your tetanus status is up to date. ...Read more
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