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How To Treat A Burn Blister
Second degree burn: Skin that is red and painful and that swells up and blisters may mean that deep skin layers and nerve endings have been damaged (second-degree burn). Apply soothing lotions that contain aloe vera to sunburned areas. Chamomile may help as well. Over the counter- Topical steroids (such as 1% hydrocortisone cream) may also help with sunburn pain and swelling. Do not "pop" the blisters yourself.See 1 more doctor answer
You describe a 2nd-: ...Degree or partial-thickness burn that will heal on its own, given good wound care. Keep the wound clean and apply antibiotic ointment to it until healed. Use simple pain meds, such as Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen for discomfort. If it does not heal or seems like it's getting infected, you should seek medical care.
Make sure...: To not remove the outer layer of the blister, the new skin underneath needs some sort of protection (if it was removed that's fine). Use an antibiotic ointment and place a bandage over it. Look for signs of infection to develop, including pus drainage, red or warm skin surrounding the blister, or red streaks leading away from the blister.
Protect it: An unpopped blister represents a closed sterile environment. Yes on occasion one can become infected then it is time to open it, however the risk of infection in a dressed open wound is still higher than that of an intact blister. The blister will gradually resolve with time. A large burn especially of face or hands needs looked at.See 1 more doctor answer
Protect and Moisten: Keep the blister intact as long as possible, its a great natural wound dressing. When it does pop, start keeping the wound moist with a generous layer of vaseline and a bandage. Wash it daily, gently with mild soap and water, and then use more vaseline and a bandage.
Keep covered: The main risk of popped blisters associated with burns is the risk of infection. It is important to keep the area clean, covered with an antibiotic cream, and a dressing. Any loose skin can be carefully trimmed away to prevent it from trapping infection. Please see the doctor if the area is very large, gets red and tender, or has lots of drainage.
A 2nd-degree burn...: Is a partial-thickness burn that will heal on its own, given good wound care. Keep the wound clean and apply antibiotic ointment to it until healed. Use simple pain meds, such as Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen for discomfort. If it does not heal or seems like it's getting infected, you should seek medical care.
Burn Blisters: A blister indicates a second degree burn. If the blister is large it may need to be drained and debrided. The burn wound needs to be kept clean and dressed to protect the area from infection. Various topical ointments or creams can be used. Unless the burn is very small you should seek medical attention to prevent infection and heavy scarring.See 2 more doctor answers
Fluid resolves: If the blister is intact the fluid within the blister will slowly absorb and go away.See 1 more doctor answer
Wouldn't worry: Depends upon how big the blister is. Not uncommon for blisters to increase in size. If the blister is intact, do not disturb it. However, if it ruptures, make sure to remove all of the blister. If you have any questions, see your physician.
Should I pop a small burn blister (few mms diameter) or leave it and apply silver sulphazidine on it?
Leave it: Right now the blister is essentially providing a biological bandaid. Once the blister is open I prefer to use silver sulfadine to prevent infection and aid in resurfacing.See 4 more doctor answers
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