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Dr. Charles Breaux
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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


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What are the permanant complication of burns?

What are the permanant complication of burns?

Primarily scarring: Severe burns and skin grafting result in scarring. The scars may not look as nice as one would like. In addition, the scars can cause functional problems, especially with range-of-motion of joints. Scar modification therapies, such as pressure garments, and other therapies such as physical and occupational therapy can help. There is also the possibility of surgical scar revision. ...Read more

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What's the definition of a chemical eye burns?

What's the definition of a chemical eye burns?

Caustic eye injury: The pH of the eye is 7.4, so if a chemical is too acidic or too basic, it can damage the eye if it gets in. It damages the surface of the eye ( a 'burn' ) and can lead to permanent scarring. If you ever get a chemical in your eye that causes instant pain, make sure you pour water in your eye immediately to dilute the chemical and minimize damage. ...Read more

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How long does friction burns to the knee take to heal ? Also they did bleed. And I'm using savalon healing gel

How long does friction burns to the knee take to heal ? Also they did bleed. And I'm using savalon healing gel

Depends: If the wound base is pink and reddish, then probably 1-2 weeks. If the wound base is white, then the abrasion might be deeper, 2-3 weeks. You can wash the area with soap and water and apply an antibiotic ointment to the area, and cover with a dressing. It'll heal faster. If it doesn't heal after 2 weeks, you should go see your doctor. ...Read more

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Every time I eat, my chest burns and it feels like the food just sits there and is waiting to come back up. What are these symptoms of? Thanks.

Every time I eat, my chest burns and it feels like the food just sits there and is waiting to come back up. What are these symptoms of? Thanks.

GERD: Maybe describing gastroesophageal reflux (gerd)--regardless of whether caused by delay in stomach emptying, relaxation of lower esophageal sphincter, partial gastric outlet blockage, biliary/pancreatic pathology, esophageal dysmotility, altered salivary flow, etc. Your response to behavior/diet modification (fats, caffeine, chocolate, etc.) and an acid-reducer (like Prilosec otc) may be helpful. ...Read more

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If the inside of a girls vagina burns, what's that a sign of ?

If the inside of a girls vagina burns, what's that a sign of ?

Burning: Your vaginal burning may represent a vaginal infection.See your doctor for vaginal cultures to rule out infection. ...Read more

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How do I treat burns?

How do I treat burns?

Burns: Treatment of burns is based on the severity of the burn (depth and area). Superficial burns (sunburn/minor scald) can be safely treated with topical creams with aloe. Deeper, more extensive burns require evaluation to determine the best therapy. Extensive scald burns, flame, acid and lye burns, and electrical burns ought to be seen by someone experienced in burn diagnosis and therapy. ...Read more

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