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Best Treatment For Burns
Depends on many...: Factors: the size, location and depth of the burn, the age and health of the patient, the mechanism of burning, etc. For minor burns with blistering, i recommend unroofing the blisters, washing with soap and water, and then applying Bacitracin ointment and a dry dressing twice daily. If increasing pain, drainage, or redness, or if not healed in 10 days, see a doctor. ...Read more
What is the best treatment for burns from melted and pretty much boiling hot butter being dumped on your wrist should I go to the dr.?
Maybe: Butter can get much hotter than boiling water and can cause a deep burn. If the area is larger than a quarter, it is probably a good idea to have it looked at. Silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) cream and a dressing changed each day until healed, watching for signs of infection, and scar management (deep burn) are all good things to be gained by a visit to a doctor with some burn experience. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
If you truly have...: A 3rd-degree, or full-thickness, burn, unless it is very small or narrow and can heal in from the sides, it will need to be skin grafted to fully heal it. Partial-thickness (i.e., 2nd-degree) burns will heal in 1 to 3 weeks. If your wound is not fully healed after 3 weeks, you should see a general, plastic, or burn surgeon. ...Read more
See a doctor: See a doctor and let them check the burn ...Read more
the burn COLD water should be used to irrigate the area and after that the treatment depends upon burn degree. Very minor burns should simply be covered by a protective dressing...antibacterial preparations may be useful if blister (2nd degree) burn results.
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Depends on scar: All scars should be protected from the sun, moisturized daily and pressure or massage may help. Sometimes a special garment is prescribed for burn scars to keep pressure on them. Topical silicone has been helpful in some cases as well. Remember it takes about a year for a scar to mature. Usually reddness from a scar will diminish during this time making it less noticeable. ...Read more
What is the best treatment for a burn on my hand? I burned my hand on an oven rack while taking a pie out the oven. It hasn't blistered yet, i'm not sure that it will either. What is the best treatment to help with the pain and avoid potential scarring?
1st degree burn: If you have had time to write on healthtap without blistering it is unlikely it will do so. It is unlikely to scar either even though mild a large hand burn should still be checked cool compresses or aveno should make it feel better take antiinflammatories like tylenol (acetaminophen) or advil to help w oth pain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Chemical burns: Barring necessary neutralization of the chemical, these burns are treated the same way as other burns. Leave the blister intact (can drain with single poke from sterilized needle), keep moist with Bacitracin or better bactroban, (mupirocin) and keep covered until healed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the best topical/fast healing treatment for a burn that is probably second degree: red with whitish center and has couple small blisters (caused by hot water)?
Take burn seriously.: You need to take this burn seriously. Second degree burns can become quite painful and can become infected very easily. OTC remedies will clearly not be enough to prevent this from worsening in the longer term. You should be seeing a burn specialist and get the proper treatment for this. Don't take this lightly!! ...Read more
Time: 1st and 2nd degree burns do not usually scar. However, they can cause uneven pigmentation. Swelling in particular can cause the area to darken (wraps ; support hose may help). Usually, once healed, the most important thing is to protect the area from injury and it is very important to avoid sun exposure to the area for at least the 1st year. Otherwise, moisturize as needed. ...Read more
I had a burn while using face bleach 10 yrs ago, & i still have a dark, hyperpigmented skin on my upper lip. What treatment is best for my indian skin?
Laser/topical/inject: See a dermatologist- to discuss the whole gamut of tx options including topical bleaching creams with various combinations of vitamen solutions/retinoids/hydroquinone topicals ; peels, progressing to possible injections or possible laser resurfacing. As always, remember sunblock. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Best treatment for a chemical burn on the face? I was prescribed prednisone, Certek and Zantac (ranitidine). Any suggestions on what else I can do?
Burn scar: Improving a scar from a burn depends on a few things. When did the burn occur? how large is it? What does it look like. If you were recently burned, it will take up to a year for the scar to mature. In the meantime, stay out of the sun to avoid excessive pigmentation. ...Read more
A minor burn ...: Would be a 1st-degree burn, such as a sunburn, or a 2nd-degree burn. Both are partial-thickness burns that will heal on their own, given good wound care. Keep the wound clean and apply antibiotic ointment to it until healed. Use simple pain meds, such as Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen for discomfort. If it does not heal or seems like it's getting infected, you should seek medical care. ...Read more
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