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First Degree Burn Healing Process
I'm being treated for a 4"x12" 2nd degree burn on my stomach +7 days now. Will going back to my active job inhibit the healing process?
A remedy: Aloe vera (aloe barbadensis) can reduce redness, pain, itching & swelling from a burn. It has anesthetic, anti-inflammatory & antibacterial / antifungal qualities. It can speed burn healing by stimulating growth of new skin. Apply cool compresses. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories and acetomenophen can be very helpful. Hydrate well. ...Read more
Do blisters from 2nd degree burns resolve on their own or do they need to be lanced? How long is healing process? How can I expect it to look after?
Leave them be!: Most physicians say that blisters less than 2cm in diameter should be left alone unless they appear infected. I recommend you see a physician for this. The issue of scaring can be variable. One recommendation is to use a high SPF sunscreen on the burn area for 3 to 6 months if exposed to the sun. This will limit pigment changes. Tetanus status is also important. The Best choice is to see a Dr. ...Read more
Hi, I'm trying to complete a tutorial but cannot find the answers for "healing process for 2nd deg burns" and "healing process for 3rd deg burns"?
With burns,: Time to healing depends on how deep the burn is. In general, a burn that heals in less than three weeks does not need surgery. Third degree (fullthickness) burns heal by contraction only and usually need skin grafting. Partial thickness (2nd degree) burns cover a wide spectrum from just into the dermis all the way to nearly full thickness. Their depth will determine how and if they will heal. ...Read more
Avoid sun exposure:
If your diagnosis is correct the burn is healed. Initial treatment of 1st degree burns is preventing infection. The texture of the skin will be ok but the problem is color changes.
The color changes can be related to your skin type, ethnic variations or (most important), sun exposure. I would be very cautious about sun exposure and use high #block. There are treatments if color problems occur. ...Read more
There are probably: Shades of grey on this question...."it depends." A first degree burn involves only the outer layer of the skin and may cause redness, swelling and pain; the skin is not interupted/broken. If the skin is not broken, I think you could swim in a well-maintained/probably chlorinated swimming pool; I wouldn't swim in a lake/ocean. If the skin is broken, stay out of the water to avoid infection. ...Read more
Burns: Vicks vapor rub should not be used on burns; a first degree burn should be washed with soap and water then a topical burn cream should be applied. ...Read more
What should I do if I have a first degree burn on my back that is starting to burn and turn pink with red spots, and burn?
How do you treat dry, impaired skin barrier disrupted by first degree burn? Been year+ no sweat or oil secreted. This is on the chin area.
Cera Ve: You could use cera ve cream on the area frequently. ...Read more
Usually Not 1st degr: Infection in 1st degree burns is not common. Usually use of topical cream (like silvadene) will improve discomfort and provide antibacterial protection during the early healing time. See your doctor to confirm it is 1st degree versus 2nd degree injury and decide treatment of choice. ...Read more
Yes: A newly-healed 2nd-degree burn will be dry and red (erythematous). That would look like a red 1st-degree burn. This immature scar will change over a few months and blanche out to a white mature scar. ...Read more
Burns: First-degree burns are ones which are incurred by sun effect or thermal injury and which do not have a blister or full penetration into the skin. Usually, as in sunburn, which is usually just first degree burn, the pain goes away in a matter of hours. If you have persistent pain in your skin, you need to have it evaluated by your dermatologist. ...Read more
My burn has healed but there is still a dark mark it was only a first degree burn but will it go?
Burns and Scars: Burns are classified to their degree of damage; a first degree burn usually does not leave a scar but it may leave a discoloration to the skin. Being a poorly controlled diabetic, can lengthen the healing process since your immune system and circulatory system is already compromised from the diabetes. Keep the wound clean, wash it with warm, soapy water and apply a burn cream topically with gauze. ...Read more
Regarding previous question about a cream to get rid of discoloration from first degree burn on back of legs, it's darker pigment for past 8 months?
Second degree burn?: It's unlikely that you would have discoloration 8 months after a first degree burn which should cause only temporary redness, burning and itching. A second degree burn, which damages the deeper layers of skin, can result in long term discoloration but not scarring. Eventually the body will remove the discoloration but I've seen it take a year or more. ...Read more
Is there a cream or lotion that will get rid of first degree burn discoloration on skin (back of legs)?
Depends if it's hype: Hyperpigmentation (dark color) or depigmented (white) and all the melanin is gone. If post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation PIH, you can use hydroquinone very lightly & only on the discolored part, as it's a strong bleaching agent. Azelaic acid is a milder version. You can't expose it to UV light at all. It's all prescription only from a dr. If depigmented, can't use this. Time can also decrease PIH. ...Read more
Other than aspirin, what OTC pain killers can help relieve pain caused by a first degree burn and blood blisters?
Motrin or Tylenol (acetaminophen): Hi, I would recommend motrin, and tylenol (acetaminophen) as first line pain medications for a mild skin burn. Aspirin is okay to use, but should be a second or third choice due to its antiplatelet effect. There are other over the counter medications with different names, but generally contain one of these two medications. Be sure to follow the instructions on the medication label. ...Read more
U R @ risk for STD:
Wound or no woulds in the buccal mucosa; you are always at risk for std's; especially in today's promiscuous environment.
The only way to ensure this would not happen is to have a very longterm relationship with an honorable partner who has been repeatedly tested negative; and whom you know is otherwise non-promiscuous by history. Although socially unpopular, the best health is provided by celebacy. ...Read more
First degree burns:
Usually first degree burns do not leave scars however, if you remove the escar that the burn may leave behind, you may scar. Do not scape off or tear off any scabs that may occur post burn. A one degree burn usually does not scar.
But, if the skin is very thin and frail, scarring may happen. ...Read more
Days: I wld say probably several days.Get a more detailed answer ›
Scientific Care: Burns are the response of the tissues to injury from heat. It is an inflammation which means increase blood flow to the area to promote healing. Depth determines care. Do not use ice worsens already injured skin. Cool water soaks help as can taking anti-inflammation medicines like Motrin or advil (ibuprofen). Protect from further damage as this can cause scarring. Good skin cream applied daily/gently helps. ...Read more
1st or 2nd degree: Blisters develop in a more serious burn, called a second degree burn. If you have a first degree burn it isn't going to blister later. Cool the burn under cool (not cold) running water for 10 or 15 minutes or until the pain subsides. Don't ice it. If it is very large even though not blistered have it looked at. ...Read more
I have some very painful vaginal friction burns and blistering (monogamous)what should I do to relieve pain/itching & help healing process.?
Could I still have to the STDS? Or is it the healing process that's causing the slight burn during the day and after I pee??
My legs are peeling from a sunburn and the burn has turned a deep purple. Should I go to the ER or is this part of the healing process?
It is probably healing process and it is not an emergency to go to ER
if still of concern consult your family doctor and let him check you ...Read more
I have hsv1 on my genitals. As the sores heal they burn and sting. Is this normal for the healing process? I'm already taking acyclovir
Full thickness burns: Or 3rd degree burns can only heal by scarring. This may take several months, or, if the burn is large enough, may never occur. These are serious injuries and should be treated by someone knowledgeable about burn care. Contact your regional burn center for the best advice. ...Read more