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Dr. Charles Breaux
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Burns (Overview)

To the skin and possibly deeper structures. 1st-degree is into the epidermis, or top layer of the skin. 2nd-degree is into the dermis, or bottom layer of the skin. 3rd-degree is all the way through the skin. 4th-degree is into deeper structures (e.g., muscle, bone).


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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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Burns (Overview)

To the skin and possibly deeper structures. 1st-degree is into the epidermis, or top layer of the skin. 2nd-degree is into the dermis, or bottom layer of the skin. 3rd-degree is all the way through the skin. 4th-degree is into deeper structures (e.g., muscle, bone).


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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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Treating Burns (Tip)

Treating Burns

Immediate application of running water is the best first aid application. ...See more

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Treating Burns (Checklist)

For minor burns, run cool water on the area
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Cover the burn with a sterile gauze bandage
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Use over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen and ibuprofen
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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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Caring for Your Toddler (Tip)

Caring for Your Toddler

Watch your toddler closely when in the kitchen to avoid scald or contact burns. ...See 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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Caring for Your Toddler (Tip)

Caring for Your Toddler

Set your hot water heater temperature no higher than 120 deg f to avoid tap water scald burns. ...See more

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