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Can you tell me about treating burns?

Can you tell me about treating burns?

A specialty: Severe burns, especially in children, should be treated at a burn center. The main principles are to replace fluids, excise and graft 3rd degree burns early and prevent and treat infection. Less severe burns can often be treated as an outpatient with topical mild antiseptic creams. They should be managed by a general or plastic surgeon. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Breaux
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Burns (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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What are corneal flash burns?

Welder's burns: These are ultraviolet light 'sunburns' of the cornea which all welder's know about. The pain of them starts 4-8 hours after exposure and can be quite severe but usually is gone within 24 hours as new corneal cells regenerate. This is why welder's wear those protective filtering masks. ...Read more

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How close does lightning have to strike to cause a corneal flash burn? How can one tell a flash burn from eye strain?

How close does lightning have to strike to cause a corneal flash burn?  How can one tell a flash burn from eye strain?

Pain: Flash burns are very painful. A lightning strike that affected the eyes would also cause much more bodily damage, or death, as well. ...Read more

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How can you tell if your eyes suffer long term visible damage to the cornea from a thermal burn?

Vision and symptoms: Most of these heal with no residual problem. But if you find the vision in the burnt eye to be altered compared to the other eye or it stays red and irritated, then you should see an ophthalmologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Can a camera flash interfere with the healing of a scratched cornea?

Can a camera flash  interfere with the healing of a scratched cornea?

No effect: While a scratched cornea is very light sensitive, healing will take place in the light or in the dark at the same rate. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Weisman
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Cornea (Definition)

...Window in ...Read more