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Dr. Charles Breaux
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Burn (Heat Or Fire) (Definition)

A burn is an injury to the skin caused by heat, flames, or chemicals. Burns are more or less severe depending on which layers of the skin are affected. A first-degree burn is in the epidermis, or the top layer of the skin. A second-degree burn affects the dermis, or second layer of the skin. A third-degree burn goes all the way through the skin. A fourth-degree burn extends to deeper structures such as muscle and bone. ...Read more


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Burning pain for a few seconds when I move my left arm a certain way; also the area that burns is numb. Any ideas?

Burning pain for a few seconds when I move my left arm a certain way; also the area that burns is numb. Any ideas?

Nerve pain: Sounds like there is either impingement in the shoulder or something pinching a nerve in the cervical spine. ...Read more

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I have a tattoo that was done by an amateur on my upper left arm 9 years ago. Sometimes, but not always, it burns and is tender to the touch.

I have a tattoo that was done by an amateur on my upper left arm 9 years ago. Sometimes, but not always, it burns and is tender to the touch.

Bad ink: It was likely done with a conveniently available "ink" that is not meant for human / skin contact. Your body is reacting to it, and it will likely get worse over time, eventually eroding to the surface. See a dermatologist or plastic surgeon who can help--likely by abrading down to the ink or lasering it to see if stabilizes. Good luck! ...Read more

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Left neck felt sharp pain. Now dull pain and left arm burns n back n top of head hurts. What could cause this?

Left neck felt sharp pain. Now dull pain and left arm burns n back n top of head hurts. What could cause this?

Probably soft tissue: Assuming you have previously been healthy the source of pain is probably soft tissue irritation (ligament or muscle) causing muscle spasm in the neck. This can cause "referred pain" to your head and arm. A less likely cause would be a disc injury causing irritation or pressure on a nerve to your arm. The symptoms should go away soon, but if not please see your doctor. ...Read more

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Sudden upper left arm pain with no injury? 22 y.O female. Achy, comes and goes, burns and stings. Felt in back and neck as well. Osteosarcoma? Strain?

Nerve Pinch: This sounds like a pinched nerve in the neck. Although it could be other less common causes. If you have no other medical problems: infection history, cancer history and no significant weakness then give the pain 6-8 weeks to improve. Nsaids can be beneficial (unless you have kidney problems). Talk to your doctor if not improving over time. ...Read more

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Yesterday my right upper arm (skin) started burning. Like I touched a burning pan. Today, the lower left arm. Burns worse to touch. Mri brain 2014 Ng.

Yesterday my right upper arm (skin) started burning. Like I touched a burning pan. Today, the lower left arm. Burns worse to touch. Mri brain 2014 Ng.

Be seen: Please see your health care provider again as the possibility of a mutiple sclerosis diagnosis can take some time to make waiting for enough physical symptoms especially when the brain MRI is negative. ...Read more

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