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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Burns To Hand (Definition)

The hand is the portion of the body that connects the hand to the arm. A burn is an injury caused by ...Read more


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Hi the other day while I was baking. My wrist hit a hot rack in the oven, and I got a pretty bad burn? What's the best way to get rid of the scar?

Hi the other day while I was baking. My wrist hit a hot rack in the oven, and I got a pretty bad burn? What's the best way to get rid of the scar?

Depends in deprh: Superficial (1st degree) burns with redness require minimal treatment with an ointment & possible nsaids (if not sensitive). Partial thickness burns (2nd & 3rd degree) with blisters must be treated with topical antibiotics (bacitracin for face - silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) for body) if not allergic in order to minimize the risk of infection which may increase the amount of tissue damage. Sulfamylon for ear eschars. ...Read more

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Iv had this burning sensation in my hands, feet and chest since I was little, it comes randomly or when I can't focus, I have no idea what it could be.

Iv had this burning sensation in my hands, feet and chest since I was little, it comes randomly or when I can't focus, I have no idea what it could be.

Anxiety?: I have no idea either. I't possible it could be a hyperventilation symptom or just anxiety. I would be interested to see if anyone out there has any ideas. I can tell you that since it has been present for many years without significant change it is very unlikely to represent anything harmful. ...Read more

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Have been having intervals of numbness and burning in hands feet and lower legs. Seems progressive and more consistent. Ideas of causes?

Have been having intervals of numbness and burning in hands feet and lower legs. Seems progressive and more consistent. Ideas of causes?

Numbness: Hi, the distribution of your numbness is too wide and that makes me think if that could be part of your Fibromyalgia diagnosis, but arthritis in neck could be another possibility, anxiety is another possible cause, please talk to your PMD.
Feel better soon. ...Read more

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I need to know if I have first or second degree burn on my hand & wrist. I layed my hand down on a cookie sheet that had just come out of a 450* oven?

I need to know if I have first or second degree burn on my hand & wrist. I layed my hand down on a cookie sheet that had just come out of a 450* oven?

Blisters?: If there is some blistering or that top layer of epithelium has denuded so its shiny and pink, but still blanches with pressure it's second degree. If no blisters, just pink and painful, it's first. Treatment same at this point- would place neosporin. If it crosses joints or is insensate, doesn't blanche or large area you should be seen by doc. ...Read more

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Sharp pain in wrist, travels up my hand into first 2 knuckles. Last night hand swelled up, slight burning sensasion when swelled. Any idea?

Sharp pain in wrist, travels up my hand into first 2 knuckles. Last night hand swelled up, slight burning sensasion when swelled. Any idea?

Repetitive wrist motion: Can cause this, similar to carpal tunnel syndrome. Often if you're typing a lot, doing hours of computer work, or playing piano or an instrument for hours, you can tighten these areas in the midback, and shoulders where the the arm is receiving innervation from the cervical/thoracic nerve roots. That can cause your wrists to swell, if the nerve is inflamed, necessitating splints. See a doctor (DO). ...Read more

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Intermittent burning left shoulderblade pain 8 mos. Pain along bra line in ribs left side and underarm. Woke up today with tingling in both hands. Ideas?

Intermittent burning left shoulderblade pain 8 mos. Pain along bra line in ribs left side and underarm. Woke up today with tingling in both hands. Ideas?

Work, computer?: Sometimes these are work related disabilities including computer use. For example carpal tunnel can cause tingling. but this should be checked out by neurologist ...Read more

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I have muscle fading in both hands along with numbness and burning, both hands more right then left. Feels like my muscles in right arm jump ideas?

I have muscle fading in both hands along with numbness and burning, both hands more right then left. Feels like my muscles in right arm jump ideas?

Not sure what: You mean by "fading" but it sounds like you might need a referral to a NEUROLOGIST if you are experiencing muscle loss of bulk or weakness along with paresthesias (numbness). A neurologic exam may be followed by a ECG/NCS (Nerve muscle study)!!
PS Some Orthopedic physicians (Upper Extremity/Hand) Specialists may also be the way to go especially if your OCCUPATION involves REPETITIVE MOTION!!
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The fleshy part of my hand under the thumb area has a dull, burning sensation that's been sore for over a month everyday, all day. Any ideas? Thanks

The fleshy part of my hand under the thumb area has a dull, burning sensation that's been sore for over a month everyday, all day. Any ideas? Thanks

Burning in the hand: This sounds like a form of carpal tunnel syndrome. This pinching of the nerves going into the hand can especially affect the muscles that move the thumb. If not treated these muscles can deteriorate and you can get grip weakness.

It sounds like you need to be seen by a hand or nerve expert. ...Read more

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Had several pac/pvcs in a row. Made my body tingly hands sweaty and center of chest had a burning sensation 4 a few secs now im having anxiety. Ideas?

Had several pac/pvcs in a row. Made my body tingly hands sweaty and center of chest had a burning sensation 4 a few secs now im having anxiety. Ideas?

See cardiologist!: You define yourself to have a cardiac arrhythmia with secondary symptoms. Ideas? Obvious! Get a thorough evaluation of this. If solid, objective evaluation is negative and you don't actually have a defined arrhythmia then your other health history suggests your illness might be panic disorder. Cardiac workup first! ...Read more

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Burning and tingling spots on fingers and palm both hands but worse on left. Moisturizers don't help but cortisone cream does some. Ideas?

Burning and tingling spots on fingers and palm both hands but worse on left. Moisturizers don't help but cortisone cream does some. Ideas?

More info needed: What medicine do you take for high cholesterol and high blood pressure? Medicine can cause these symptoms as well as very dry skin and side effects of diabetes. Please consult with your physician asap. ...Read more

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I have tingling, burning, vibrating sensations in hands and feet, muscles weakness. MRI showed multiple changes in white matter in brain. Any ideas??

I have tingling, burning, vibrating sensations in hands and feet, muscles weakness. MRI showed multiple changes in white matter in brain. Any ideas??

MS WORK UP: In the MS work up, of a younger female patient presenting with vertigo /gait instability/numbness. And on exam there is hyperreflexia. You would want to do a full blood work up evaluate for Lyme disease/CNS SARCOIDOSIS /SJOGRENS SYNDROME. MRI of brain and cervical spine to look for plaques. If necessary a lumbar puncture to check MBP and oligoclonal bands. Neuro consult with MS specialist. ...Read more

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For 5+yrs IV had progressive/extreme fatigue joint/neck/back pain headaches rash on knees/elbows, tingling/burning/pain legs feet arms hands. Ideas?

For 5+yrs IV had progressive/extreme fatigue joint/neck/back pain headaches rash on knees/elbows, tingling/burning/pain legs feet arms hands. Ideas?

Also Lyme disease: If you have been bitten by a tick or live near the woods (or frequently go camping), consider getting tested for Lyme disease as well. Some of the symptoms, especially the (migratory?) rash are reminiscent of Lyme disease. ...Read more

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I burned my thumb on a pizza oven at work a few days ago went to the drs got cream and meds for 2nd degree burn my arm is throbbing and painful why?

Burn: Second degree burns may be superficial or deep. They blister as second layer of 3 skin layers are damaged. Swelling ensues, pain usual for few days. Since top layer skin is gone, heals by granulation and usually takes about 6 weeks. Similar to being " skinned" but peel off 1st and 2nd layer of skin. Follow ur dr. S instructions for care. As dressing usually necessary. ...Read more

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I put ice on a burn on my face, bad idea but yea. I need advice?

I put ice on a burn on my face, bad idea but yea. I need advice?

Better Ideas: Burns are the response of the tissues to injury from heat. It is simply inflammation which means increase blood flow to the area to promote healing. Depth determines care. Do not use ice worsens already injured skin. Cool water soaks help as can taking anti-inflammation medicines like Motrin or advil (ibuprofen). Avoid any further damage as this can cause scarring. Good skin cream applied daily/gently helps. ...Read more

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I put some vegetables in the oven to roast them (without oil) and was wondering if it's a bad idea cause of nutrient loss?

I put some vegetables in the oven to roast them (without oil) and was wondering if it's a bad idea cause of nutrient loss?

Not necessarily: Some veggies like broccoli and tomatoes, for instance, are actually better (more nutritious) when cooked (sauteed, steamed, etc). Roasting potatoes, squash, asparagus, artichokes, onions, red bell peppers, etc are all tasty and nutritious ways to eat veggies. For more on the raw vs cooked controversy, see here: http://tinyurl. Com/nxvdn3. ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to use salt water on an infected burn?

Is it a good idea to use salt water on an infected burn?

It's OK: You want to keep a burn wound clean, and salt water is a way to do that. It's probably best to apply antibiotic ointment to a burn wound until it's healed. If you think it's infected, you should seek medical attention. ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to get surgery on my hand or let it heal by itself?

Is it a good idea to get surgery on my hand or let it heal by itself?

Let it heal: Without knowing what thew problem is, it is always better to see if your body can heal itself rather than jump to surgery for most overuse problems. ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to drink green tea to burn fat?

Is it a good idea to drink green tea to burn fat?

No: Drinking green tea won't help you burn fat. The only thing that helps you burn fat is regular exercise. ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to use neosporin on 2nd degree burns?

Is it a good idea to use neosporin on 2nd degree burns?

It is fine: It is fine to use neosporin on a 2nd degree burn. Wash the burn wound daily. Apply antibiotic ointment. Cover with a dressing. Check your tetanus status. ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to get surgery to heal my broken left hand?

Is it a good idea to get surgery to heal my broken left hand?

YES if open/unstable: It depends on the stability of the fracture. A splint or cast or specialized traction device may be all that is needed. Surgery is reserved for open or unstable fractures. ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to take time off of work after my hand surgery?

Is it a good idea to take time off of work after my hand surgery?

Yes: It is generally a good idea to minimize work with a hand that has been operated on. The amount of time off is highly variable and depends on the procedure being performed and the demands of the job. I would check with your local hand surgeon regarding the specifics of the surgery. ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to burn eczema with boiling hot water to stop it itching?

Is it a good idea to burn eczema with boiling hot water to stop it itching?

No: Unless you are preparing yourself to be eaten by cannibals. Burning may relieve the itching temporarily only to make it much worse later because your skin surface will become even more porous and you may even end up with an infection (particularly staph). ...Read more

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I fractured my hand two days ago. Is it a good idea to keep writing to make it heal faster?

I fractured my hand two days ago. Is it a good idea to keep writing to make it heal faster?

No.: Most non-displaced fractures of the hand bones take 3-4 weeks to heal depending on age and location.
The only type of fracture where I have a hand therapist move the hand early is when a joint is involved in the fracture. ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to get help for a fractured hand?

Is it a good idea to get help for a fractured hand?

Yes: If your hand is fractured or even if you just think your hand might be fractured, I would suggest seeing an orthopaedic surgeon for an exam and x-rays to make sure that your hand injury is treated appropriately. ...Read more

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Can I burn calories riding stationary bike and is it a good idea with bad knee? I have TKR coming up in February. Also, should I get second opinion? Ty

Can I burn calories riding stationary bike and is it a good idea with bad knee? I have TKR coming up in February. Also, should I get second opinion? Ty

Yes you can: Biking is usually a good exercise option for those with knee osteoarthritis. It is non-impact and tolerated by most. Honestly, with an upcoming knee replacement, it's unlikely your arthritis will worsen between now and then. The biking can keep your muscles toned and may help you in your rehabilitation after surgery. A second opinion is always a wise idea before undergoing a major surgery. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for a burn on my hand? I burned my hand on an oven rack while taking a pie out the oven. It hasn't blistered yet, I'm not sure that it will either. What is the best treatment to help with the pain and avoid potential scarring?

What is the best treatment for a burn on my hand? I burned my hand on an oven rack while taking a pie out the oven. It hasn't blistered yet, I'm not sure that it will either. What is the best treatment to help with the pain and avoid potential scarring?

1st degree burn: If you have had time to write on healthtap without blistering it is unlikely it will do so. It is unlikely to scar either even though mild a large hand burn should still be checked cool compresses or aveno should make it feel better take antiinflammatories like tylenol (acetaminophen) or advil to help w oth pain. ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to take30min apple cidervinegar baths 4 very painful vagina? Stabbing pain, burning, stinging dry, feels very sore for 4 weeks straight

Go to the Doctor: I am going to speak frankly to you since you are an adult. You have four weeks of intolerable pain. Apple cider vinegar baths are the last thing that you need. You need a diagnosis and the appropriate treatment for your problem. That means no home remedies are available. An examination is how you will get the right diagnosis and the right treatment. Go to the doctor today. You are an adult. ...Read more