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Doctor insights on: How Do You Heal A Third Degree Burn On Your Leg

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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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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?

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?

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?

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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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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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 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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