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I have a third degree burn on my leg that is untreated. I've kept it clean and aired out. It is now thickly scabbed over, is that ok?

I have a third degree burn on my leg that is untreated. I've kept it clean and aired out. It is now thickly scabbed over, is that ok?

Burn: Apparently it is ok, as long as there is no pus and no surrounding erythema, but if you see pus, you develop fever, pain, increasing redness around the scar, you will need to see a doctor. ...Read more

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Do I need to go to the doctor if I have a third degree burn on my leg?

Do I need to go to the doctor if I have a third degree burn on my leg?

Yes: A 3rd-degree burn is a full-thickness injury of the skin and would require an operation (skin grafting) to heal it. In contrast, a 2nd-degree burn is a partial-thickness injury and will heal on its own with good nutrition nd wound care. ...Read more

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How can I heal a third degree burn?

How can I heal a third degree burn?

May need surgery: 3rd degree burns are full thickness skin involvement and may need surgery for debridement or skin grafting if large. You should see a doctor. ...Read more

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How can I heal a third degree burn scar?

How can I heal a third degree burn scar?

Semantics: A scar is the healed result of a wound. Third degree burns extend completely through all layers of skin and usually result in early removal of the burned tissue and skin grafting from another area. However the burn could have been left to heal as a scar. ...Read more

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Can skin fully heal with a third degree burn? How long will it take?

Can skin fully heal with a third degree burn? How long will it take?

Difficult to answer-: I understand third degree means "full thickness of the skin"--- small areas of full thickness burns may heal well. But, large areas will need skin coverage by skin graft or skin flap. If a large area is allowed to heal by itself, there may be thick scars and/or contracting unstable scars. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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Third degree burn on chest, was told I had cellulitis, put on oral antibiotic but lab culture smear results negative, suggested burn scrape. Do I need?

Third degree burn on chest, was told I had cellulitis, put on oral antibiotic but lab culture smear results negative, suggested burn scrape. Do I need?

Not enough: Not enough information. Are you really sure it is 3rd degree??? How? When? Treatment before antibiotic? Was some topical preparation or antiseptic used before the culture? What is a "burn scrape"? Most diagnoses of "cellulitis" by amateurs [non-dermatologists] are wrong. You failed to name the "oral antibiotic". If in doubt, get a second opinion, preferably from a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Is there a type of skin graft I could get for a third degree burn on my right foot?

Several: You need to see a podiatrist for evaluation to make sure there is no infection. Once seen treatment can be started. ...Read more

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How can I clean a third degree burn?

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

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What would a third degree burn look like?

Eschar: Usually looks like an eschar. May have tough leathery feel to it. Also it is insensate due to nerve damage. ...Read more

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What can be done for a third degree burn?

What can be done for a third degree burn?

See a surgeon: A third degree burn is serious, as it means all layers of the skin have been destroyed. In most cases, the burned tissue must be removed and the area reconstructed in some way. Details depend on burn location and size. You should see a trauma/burn surgeon or a plastic surgeon. Third degree burns represent dead tissue so infection is a real risk. ...Read more

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What are the healing stages of a third degree burn?

What are the healing stages of a third degree burn?

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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Please explain why is a third degree burn, which destroys both epidermis and dermis considered a serious injury?

Full thickness burn: A third degree burn is one that includes all layers of the epi & dermis. The trouble? Healing. 3rd degree burns heal poorly owing to the fact that the areas which give rise to new cells are injured. 3rd degree burns heal with contractures, are prone to become infected, and often need to be excised (cut out) with skin grafts placed to allow healing. ...Read more

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Is my burn a third degree burn or second?

Is my burn a third degree burn or second?

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

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Please help! What is the best way to treat a third degree burn?

Please help! What is the best way to treat a third degree burn?

See your doctor: Third degree burns are deep burns. They do scar. They sometimes will need a skin graft to heal. See your doctor asap for proper treatment. ...Read more

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How to treat third degree burn?

How to treat third degree burn?

Hospital: Third degree burn means all the skin is burned off down to the subcutaneous tissue and muscle. If this is the case, you need hospitalization immediately. Otherwise, you will die of dehydration and infection. ...Read more

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What to do if I have an infected third degree burn and no way to get medical attention for 12hrs?

Seek medical help: A third degree burn requires medical attention. Keep the wound clean and dry and seek medical attention as soon as possible. ...Read more

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If there is no colour on the skin where I had a garlic burn is it a third degree burn? Will colour ever comeback? What can I do to get it back?

If there is no colour on the skin where I had a garlic burn is it a third degree burn? Will colour ever comeback? What can I do to get it back?

Don't worry: I have seen burns to the face from garlic before and the problem resolved with time. Try not to worry too much, with time it will improve.
Try not to let the area get burnt in the sun. This won't help to bring colour back and is more likely to lead to further damage. ...Read more

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Any way to get rid of a third degree burn without surgery?

Any way to get rid of a third degree burn without surgery?

Depends on area.: Third degree burns leave an eschar, which is total death of the skin, dermis down to the underlying subcutaneous fatty layer. A small area of 3rd degree burn can be treated locally, requiring subsequent surgical debridement of the eschar. Larger area of 3rd degree burn requires surgical debridement on a larger scale, hence surgery. ...Read more

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Do you think I should cover a third degree burn while sleeping?

Do you think I should cover a third degree burn while sleeping?

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

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What does a 1st second and third degree burn look like?

What does a 1st second and third degree burn look like?

See below--: It is better to think of burns as superficial, partial thickness or full thickness--corresponding to 1st, 2nd and 3rd degree. Superficial burns are like a sunburn. Full thickness burns destroy the entire thickness of the skin and cannot heal except by scarring. Partial thickness burns, if shallow, can act like superficial burns. If deep, they will act like full thickness burns. ...Read more

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What should a one week old third degree burn look like?

It depends: A 3rd-degree burn is one that is all the way thru the skin. Unless it is very narrow, such that it can heal in from the sides, it requires surgical closure, usually a skin graft. So if the wound were known to be a 3rd-degree burn, it could have already been skin grafted by 1 week. If not, it would either be covered by tough eschar (i.e., the dead burned skin on top) or be open and raw. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between a second degree and third degree burn?

Yes: First degree burns are basically sun burn

second degree burns are typically associated with blister formation. You should at least call your doctor if you sustain such a burn.

Third degree burns typically do not hurt much after the initial injury, have decreased sensation, no blisters, and the skin looks waxy and shiny. You need to have a physician see that for proper treatment. ...Read more

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Help! I have white color with red surrounding it and blisters. Is this a third degree burn?

Help! I have white color with red surrounding it and blisters. Is this a third degree burn?

Could be or become: This could be an early third degree burn which is a full thickness injury. Initially the skin may be read or white but it eventually dies and turns waxy or black. A deep second degree can also become a third degree if it gets infected or not properly cared for. Seek urgent care for wound care instructions and possible antibiotics. ...Read more

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What should I do for a third degree burn caused from smoking while my oxgyen was on and my hose melted into my anckle?

What should I do for a third degree burn caused from smoking while my oxgyen was on and my hose melted into my anckle?

Why on o2?: 3rd degree seems unlikely. Why on oxygen? Will this impel you to whatever it takes to quit smoking? A skilled professional can examine and evaluate you to determine best management. Keep it hydrated/lubricated. I often find BIOCLUSIVE membrane very useful for this. ...Read more

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I've been treated for a third degree burn. It has been over two months now, it has scabbed over, but a yellow/orang-ish fluid comes oozing out. Normal?

Not normal: A 3rd-degree burn is a full-thickness injury of the skin. If it is narrow, it can heal in from the sides, but if it is wide, it will need to be skin grafted to heal it well. If it has been 2 months, & your wound is scabbed over, it is not yet healed. With drainage of fluid out of it, you have to worry about infection, too. You should see a burn, plastic, or general surgeon for further evaluation. ...Read more

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I have a second/third degree burn. It seems to be healing fine. But there are 2 small spots that has yellow stuff coming out. Is it infected?

I have a second/third degree burn. It seems to be healing fine. But there are 2 small spots that has yellow stuff coming out. Is it infected?

Impossible to know: How big is the burn? Have you seen a medical professional for this? And if so what treatments were recommended and have they been followed. The assessment of all wounds for appropriate healing and evidence of infection is an imperfect science but is best done by an experienced provider who can see and touch the wound - even digital images are no substitute for an "analog" exam by the doctor. ...Read more

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Hypothetical question: could a third degree burn in the ear canal be fatal?

Hypothetical question: could a third degree burn in the ear canal be fatal?

Odd question but yes: A third degree burn is a full thickness burn where the entire layer of skin is destroyed. This means that healing requires ingrowth of skin from the edges of the burn. It would be usual for a 3rd degree burn to occur in the ear canal. The risk of any 3rd degree burn is that of infection under the dead skin. Given the proximity to the brain and vessels in the head, infection could be fatal. ...Read more

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Third degree burn advice Scalded age 1, thick skin over 80% of chest - very tight. Scared to workout (stretching) any options/surgery out there?

Third degree burn advice Scalded age 1, thick skin over 80% of chest - very tight. Scared to workout (stretching) any options/surgery out there?

Laser may help: It is possible that an ablative fractionated laser would help the scar. A number of treatments would help and success cannot be guaranteed. A carbon dioxide fractionated laser might be an idea. I do not think it would be dangerous to work out. ...Read more

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What are some future complications from third degree burns to left ankle/foot left calf and right foot with skin grafts?

What are some future complications from third degree burns to left ankle/foot left calf and right foot with skin grafts?

Adhesions/scarring: The major complication from third degree burns would be the scar tissue that develops as the wound heals. You want the healing to occur, but you can't control where the new tissue is being laid down; therefore, adhesions/scarring can occur. This doesn't always happen but when it does, it can lead to tightness, discoloration, and sometimes nerve irritation. ...Read more

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I got a third degree burn on my leg. I've undergone hyperbaric oxygen therapy, but I'm still concerned about an eventual scar. How can I prevent it?

I got a third degree burn on my leg. I've undergone hyperbaric oxygen therapy, but I'm still concerned about an eventual scar. How can I prevent it?

You cannot: If you truly have a 3rd degree burn you WILL have a scar. Work with your Drs to attain best healing. You neglected to indicate exact location or size or source of burn. ...Read more

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How to prevent post burn contracture in 2 degree burn in legs???

How to prevent post burn contracture in 2 degree burn in legs???

Contractures: Second degree burns should not result in contractures but if you're concerned, full ranging should help. ...Read more

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My son has 2nd degree burn and has wound on his left leg, he got burn last Tuesday. Can he swim in the sea on Sunday?

My son has 2nd degree burn and has wound on his left leg, he got burn last Tuesday. Can he swim in the sea on Sunday?

Probably yes: If there is a blister that has not popped, or if it has popped and the skin beneath is dried. If not, the salt will hurt and he will let you know! But as long as the sea water is fresh and he does not complain, it is probably fine. Salt water is often used to clean burns, but it does not have quite as much salt. ...Read more

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I have a 3rd degree burn scar on leg, and It randomly itches like crazy how do I stop that? That and is there a way I can remove it, it looks gross?

I have a 3rd degree burn scar on leg, and It randomly itches like crazy how do I stop that? That and is there a way I can remove it, it looks gross?

See a dermatologist: A prescription steroid cream is likely to help. Perhaps the appearance so disagreeable to you is caused by scratching, and may look better when it is treated. ...Read more