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How Can You Tell The Difference Between A Second Degree And Third Degree Burn
I have a second degree and a little bit of third degree burn on the right side of my waist. Can i swim with waterproof dressing?
No: Not a good idea as waterproof dressing will at the very least trap moisture, and more likely will come loose and expose the burn ( which is an open wound) to the numerous bacteria present in almost all the water types you might swim in and this could cause a serious infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) at least.: 3rd degree burns are not to be trifled with. This is by definition full thickness skin loss that left untreated can lead to infection, damage to underlying structures (such as tendons), loss of function from scar contractures, and even death depending on the size. If you have a 3rd degree burn really of any size you should be seen by a health professional with significant burn experience. ...Read more
See a burn doctor: Deep partial thickness (2nd degree) burns act like full thickness (3rd degree) burns, so it doesn't make any difference. Generally, any burn that doesn't heal within about 3 weeks will need to be treated surgically with a skin graft. I recommend contacting the regional burn center in your area to obtain the best result. ...Read more
See a qualified doc: Third degree burns are serious injuries. But certainly the size of burn and its location are the factors that dictate what you should do. Any burn, no matter it's size, if located on the face, hands, gentians or feet should be seen and cared for by a burn specialist. Small burns in other areas (less than 2cm) need to be kept clean and protected. Larger burns require surgical evaluation and care. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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