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Doctor insights on: 2nd Degree Burn Infection Signs

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I have second degree burn with staph infection is it contagious?

I have second degree burn with staph infection is it contagious?

It can be..: If the staph is MRSA it may be more contagious than a simple infection. Everyone should wash their hands and clean surfaces like countertops with a disinfectant. Keep the burn area covered with clean dry dressings.

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Can I still get tetanus infection even if I got a tetanus vaccine two hours after a second degree burn?

Can I still get tetanus infection even if I got a tetanus vaccine two hours after a second degree burn?

Low, low risk: Tetanus develops when the spores of the cause enter a deep wound (open skin). The vaccine is very good at preventing but without an open wound, the risk is essentially zero. As far as that burn is concerned, apply good protective skin cream, avoid further trauma an it will heal quickly.

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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?

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?

Probably: 2nd-degree burns will heal on their own in 1-3 weeks, given good wound care & good nutrition. They are initially red, painful, and possibly covered with blisters. As they heal, they dry up, the blisters slough off, and the pain disappears.

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How can I heal keloid from 2nd degree burn injury?

How can I heal keloid from 2nd degree burn injury?

See a doctor: A true keloid needs to be dealt with by a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. Most OTC creams do not work well. Often steroids, pressure devices etc. Are needed

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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How can I tell if I have a first or second degree burn will I get a scar?

How can I tell if I have a first or second degree burn will I get a scar?

Burns: Skin may turn pink/ red with first degree burn and you may blister with a second degree burn. A first or second degree burn usually doesn't scar but can lead to change in pigment for second degree.

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I hve a steam burn n my finger. Hw to know if its first or second degree burn?

Blistered or not: A first degree burn results in redness of the skin. A second degree burn causes blisters to form.

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What's the best way to treat a 2nd degree burn mark? Also how can I remove the scar after it's healed?

Promote healing: The best way is to protect the wound to speed up healing i.e. Leave the blister intact unless it is so large it is a problem. Then a doctor should debride it and provide a sterile dressing and antibiotic cream. Keep the mark out of direct sunlight and don't smoke as it slows healing. You can also purchase silicone gel/ sheeting as that can speed fading. See a plastic surgeon for further help.

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I have a 2 week old burn and I think it is 2nd degree burn and its getting at the itching stage is it ok to swim?

I have a 2 week old burn and I think it is 2nd degree burn and its getting at the itching stage is it ok to swim?

Maybe?: A second degree burn would have blistering, but still have tenderness. If the skin is intact and there is no discharge from the skin, you should be okay, especially in a well-maintained pool. I would be cautious in open water (like a lake, ocean, or stream).

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In order to relieve the burn pain. Should I dress it like a normal 2nd degree burn with bactine and bandage gauze?

In order to relieve the burn pain. Should I dress it like a normal 2nd degree burn with bactine and bandage gauze?

You need exam: 2nd degree burn can vary widely. Deep 2nd acts more like a 3rd, superficial 2nd acts more like a 1st. Treatment (at the least) would be cleansing frequently with soap/water, removing any dead skin/tissue, and coverage with antibiotic oint like silvadene (silver sulfadiazine). All of this can vary with size/location/depth. If the injury is bigger than a quarter, has inc. Redness, or is over a joint- get to a burn dr.

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I got a large 2nd degree burn on my arm 3 months ago and it is still very pink in color. Will this fade some over time?

I got a large 2nd degree burn on my arm 3 months ago and it is still very pink in color. Will this fade some over time?

2nd degree: Burns should not leave scars but changes in pigmentation do occur. Suggest you might want to consult a Dermatologist if you are concerned about this! Dr Z

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I have a superficial 2nd degree burn 5 dys ago can I use Tegaderm and swim safely? Should I put any cream under the Tegaderm? Thanks

I have a superficial 2nd degree burn 5 dys ago can I use Tegaderm and swim safely? Should I put any cream under the Tegaderm? Thanks

Need details: Tegaderm is excellent for burns. No, you need no cream under it. How large a burn? Where? Thermal? Swim where? Pool? Sea? River? Water is good for a burn, but generally you should wait until it is healed. Shower or bath better than swim.

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I have an 2nd degree burn and I want to know what kind of treatments I can go under to get it fully removed or close to not notciable?

I have an 2nd degree burn and I want to know what kind of treatments I can go under to get it fully removed or close to not notciable?

Scaring rare: With typical second degree burn scaring is rare but pigmentary changes are common. Best results occur with appropriate early burn care, avoid silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) ointment as it will cause brown hyperpigmentation

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1 wk ago, I got a 2nd degree burn on my finger (1/2'x1/2'). Should I keep it covered all the time or leave it open for a few hours every day?

1 wk ago, I got a 2nd degree burn on my finger (1/2'x1/2'). Should I keep it covered all the time or leave it open for a few hours every day?

Minor burn care: This burn is small and should not get infected. Neosporin ointment daily is a good treatment. If it is not healing within 2 weeks, then you should show it to your doctor. Wounds heal best when kept moist with a dressing or an antibiotic ointment. Letting them dry slows down the healing. Usually they hurt less, too!

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How can I stop a second degree burn from itching?

How can I stop a second degree burn from itching?

Part of the healing: Itching as burns heal is very common and part of the normal healing. Lots of moisturizer (cocoa butter works well) may be enough. If not, Cortisone 10 cream (or generic equivalent) can help as can oral Benadryl (diphenhydramine). Good luck!

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How can I tell if a second degree burn is healing?

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.

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

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

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.

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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

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.