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How To Treat A Second Degree Burn At Home
Skin antimicrobials: Second-degree burns will heal on their own, given good wound care and good nutrition. Burns on the face should be gooped up with antibiotic ointment several times a day; no dressings are necessary. Burn wounds elsewhere can have antibiotic ointment or silver sulfadiazine applied and then dressed with dressing changes daily in conjunction with a bath/shower. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Burn healing: Second degree burns are painful and wet. The signs of healing are "buds" of new epithelium that come from deeper glands or hair follicles that were not damaged from the burn. These appear like red islands that coalesce with time. Full thickness burns damage these deeper structures and thus will not show signs of healing and require skin grafting to replace the damaged skin. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why do you need to go to a hospital for 1st degree frostbite if you don't for a first degree heat burn and frostbite is essentially a cold burn?
You don't: Necessarily need to go to the hospital for first degree frost bite, "frost nip" It is the mildest form, most superficial, involving just the epidermis. I think a hospital visit is warranted if large body surface areas are involved, or if you aren't sure how severe it is. Telling the degree of cold injury can be hard to tell. BTW ,extensive first degree heat burns should be seen by a doctor also. ...Read more
Indirect flow: Avoid direct stream. Use lukewarm water. Allow water to hit unaffected areas and gently flow over burn. Use recommended soaps such as cetaphil, basis or dove. Antibacterial soaps are not necessary. Gently pat. Don't rub. Jeep covered with ointment or silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) if recommended by physician. Keep protected from shear injury. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on…: Location of burn & how large an area is involved. Burns of face, hands, joints, genital areas can be more serious than those of other areas. Large burns, especially if blisters break, may be difficult to manage by yourself & more prone to infection; so seek medical attention depending on above info. Fp may be 1st step unless burn is large or one of those special areas. ...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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See answer: The most important thing about burns is preventing infection. Make sure you keep the area clean, use a topical antibiotic cream 2-3 times a day. If you plan on going out, keep it covred. Any worseing pain, redness, prulent discharge, increased warmth around the skin, or red streaks, ...Then seek medical attention. Good luck. ...Read more
Second degree burns: Are defined by the presence of blisters, but can range from very shallow to very deep. In general, the best treatment (in my opinion) is to remove the blisters to prevent the possibility of a closed space infection. Wash with soap and water, pat dry and apply Bacitracin ointment and a dry dressing 2-3 times/day. If increasing pain, drainage or redness or if not healed in two weeks, see a doctor. ...Read more
Yes: By definition a second degree burn is one with associated blistering without full thickness involvement of the skin. ...Read more
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