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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