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I Have A Second Degree Burn From Boiling Carmel How Can I Tell Whether My Hand Is Infected
Burn: 1st degree burn is a red area on the skin, second degrees with some blistering, third degree with full thickness damage of the skin that may need surgery. First and second degree burns can become worse through infections, increasing redness and pain, drainage from the area of the burn. If there is any question about infection be seen immediately. Otherwise keep a burn ointment/bandage on. ...Read more
Redness, fever: If there is redness of the burn, warmth around the burn, or pus or white/ yellow discharge in the burned area, it may be a sign of an infection. If you have fever or chills, those can also indicate infection. It is best to have a doctor evaluate your burn to determine if there is an infection. ...Read more
Yes.: Hard to comment in this without seeing the burn. Unless you have experience with burns it is best to go the the er, especially if the burn is bigger than a quarter, most of the way around a finger/hand/arm, or if it doesn't hurt. If the burn is small and has none of the aforementioned features, and there is just scant blistering, wash it with soap daily + cover with antibiotic oint until healed. ...Read more
My daughter got a second degree burn on a large portion of her hand from elbow to wrist. Its been two weeks and she still bandages it and uses Silverdene. How long will it take to heal?
What will a doctor do for a second degree burn: red, 2inch, blisters in middle, swelling in whole hand, pains around edges, numb in middle?
Potentially serious: Hand burns can be very serious, particularly if they involve larger portions of the hand, cross joints (wrists, fingers), and are deep. Best way to sort it out would be to go to the ER asap. Hope this helps! ...Read more
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
How do I treat a partly healed second degree burn? My husband burned the back of his hands with a sedilien torch a couple weeks ago. We've been treating it with neosporin ointment. It still stings and itches him. What else can I do?
Since the burns involve his hands, you should probably have a doctor look at him. The itching can be part of normal healing, but the stinging is concerning. In the meantime, I've listed some basic burn information below.
There are three burn classifications which will help you know what to do.
1) first degree burn: usually just redness swelling and pain. Unless it involves large areas of the hands, face, groin, feet, buttocks, or major joint, you can treat the area as a minor burn. If the burn does involve the areas listed, you should call your doctor or go to the emergency room. First degree burns may have discoloration of the skin for a few months, but do not usually lead to permanent scars.
2) second degree burn: pain, redness, swelling and blistering. As long as the burn is less than 3 inches wide and doesn't involve the body parts listed above, you can treat it as a minor burn. (it sounds as if your daughter has a small 2nd degree burn) you should call your doctor or go to the emergency room if the burn is larger than 3 inches or involves the body parts listed above.
3) third degree burn: is the most serious and the area may not hurt (from nerve damage) and can appear either black or white and dry. This needs emergent medical attention and you should call 911 or go to the emergency room.
Treatment of minor burns:
1) cool the burn by running it under cold water for 10-15 minutes or applying cold compresses (do not use ice).
2) cover the burn loosely with a gauze
3) take an NSAID such as Ibuprofen for treatment of inflammation and pain relief.
4) do not apply butter or ointments. Do not pop any blisters.
5) keep area clean and dry. Watch for sign and symptoms of infection such as increased redness, swelling, drainage, pain or fever.
6) once the burn has healed completely, the best way to avoid scarring is to keep the area out of the sun for the next 6-12 months. Sun avoidance is the single most effective way to avoid scarring.
Call your doctor with any questions. ...Read more
I have a second degree burn under my thumb nail it hurts what can I do it starting to form a blister under it?
Second Degree Burn:
Go to the following web site to treat a second degree burn.
http://www. Buzzle. Com/articles/second-degree-burn-treatment. Html. ...Read more
How long after 2nd degree burn with boiling water to my hand/fingers will I be able to write again? Too sore to use pencil now, it happened yesterday.
2nd degree burn hand: How do you know it is even a 2nd degree and not a 3rd degree. Where you seen by a doctor? In most cases of 2 nd degree the healing can take unto 10 to 14 days for complete re epithialization. Best to see a doctor! ...Read more
I have 2nd degree burns on dorsum of hand with boiling oil spilt. Skin scalded how to keep wound open or covered.48 hrs now. Serous fluid still coming?
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 more
Burn Healing: A second degree burn is generally indicated by the presence of blisters and the area is painful. Unless the burn is very small you should get medical attention to evaluate the severity of the burn and to receive appropriate care so the burn wound will heal properly with minimal scarring. Some deep second degree burns may require surgical treatment. ...Read more
Yes: By definition a second degree burn is one with associated blistering without full thickness involvement of the skin. ...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
Secondary infection: A second degree burn will blister up and eventually drain, leaving the protective skin barrier broken. As long as the site remains clean and covered with antibiotic ointment, things should heal fine. If negmected, the site can become infected by a variety of skin germs and progress to a serious problem. ...Read more
Ice!: Apply cold water or ice - ice will hurt the first minute or so, but then should help a lot. If you haven't seen a doctor, get it checked - 2nd degree burns on the hand can lead to troublesome movement problems later, and they also can prescribe burn cream & pain meds. Naproxen or Ibuprofen in the meantime should also help, as long as you have no reasons to avoid those meds. ...Read more
I have a deep 2nd degree burn on my wrist and hand from grease fire It is 3months old and still very pink Will this fade over time? What can help it
Burn from grease: I have a deep 2nd degree burn on my wrist and hand from grease fire It is 3months old and still very pink Will this fade over time? What can help it ANS: lets do video consult so I can see it. Here next 3 hours. ...Read more
Why is my hand sticky after my skin grew back from 2nd degree burn? How long will it be like this? And should I keep wrapping or putting neosporin on
Remain looking "new" until the layer of skin thickens (several weeks) You can protect it with a dry sterile dressing but neosporin ointment is no longer necessary (and in fact may be partly responsible for the "stickiness" when it dries!!!!!!
Hope this is helpful
Dr Z ...Read more
I had reconstruction surgery on my wrist. The skin on the top of my hand above my wrist burns severely like a 2nd degree burn even 3 weeks post. Why?
My daughter hand have a 2nd degree burn from a exploding firework. How long might she take to get over the trauma of the burn?
Days to weeks: It all depends on the depth of the burn and the type of wound care carried out. Wash with soap and water and apply antibiotic ointment to the open areas and keep covered. Don't let it dry out. If the burn wound is deeper see a wound care specialist. I assume your daughters tetanus immunization is up to date. ...Read more
Will a deep 2nd degree burn from grease fade? It is 3 months old. Still very red. It is on my hand and arm. Anything to help it fade?
I got a 2nd degree burn last week on the back of my hand. It is starting to peel now and blisters when I exercise. How should I proceed?
After an open wound from a 2nd degree burn has closed, what can I do to help minimize scarring? The wound is on my hand, between thumb and wrist.
See a specialist: If you burn healed in less than two weeks, it has a good chance of healing well no mater what you do. Sun protection, massage and moisturizing can all help. Burns that take longer than two weeks to heal may benefit from compression, silicone sheeting and the specialized care of a burn doctor / plastic surgeon. ...Read more
I had a 2nd degree burn from hot coffee spilling on my hand almost 2 months ago. The burn now looks light pink/sometimes very pale. Will this go away?
Sounds like a scar: The color will change over time sometimes even day to day. It tends to progress to a more normal color over months to years if you have pigmented skin the scar is may remain pink or pale much longer. ...Read more
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