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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
Burn (Heat Or Fire) (Definition)
A burn is an injury to the skin caused by heat, flames, or chemicals. Burns are more or less severe depending on which layers of the skin are affected. A first-degree burn is in the epidermis, or the top layer of the skin. A second-degree burn affects the dermis, or second layer of the skin. A third-degree burn goes all the way through the skin. A fourth-degree burn extends to deeper structures such as muscle and bone. ...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 2 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
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
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