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Can you tell me about treating burns?

Can you tell me about treating burns?

A specialty: Severe burns, especially in children, should be treated at a burn center. The main principles are to replace fluids, excise and graft 3rd degree burns early and prevent and treat infection. Less severe burns can often be treated as an outpatient with topical mild antiseptic creams. They should be managed by a general or plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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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My entire left leg is swollen, while my right leg isn't. When i run, my left ankle/shin burns, but not like shin splints. What could be wrong?

My entire left leg is swollen, while my right leg isn't. When i run, my left ankle/shin burns, but not like shin splints. What could be wrong?

Several posibilities: This could be infection with redness, heat, pain, and swelling. This could be a blood clot with one-sided leg pain and swelling. It is not normal for an otherwise healthy young person to have either of these conditions, but both should be addressed soon. Have them checked out by your fp, because many things may cause burning swelling discomfort! ...Read more

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Have a bruise on my shin that itches and burns and making my leg hurt. Can't remember doing anything.

Have a bruise on my shin that itches and burns and making my leg hurt. Can't remember doing anything.

Shins are sensitive: Shins do not have a lot of padding there so it is easy to get a small bump and end up with a bruise. If it does not heal up notmally as a bruise should in a week to 10 days then see a doctor. ...Read more

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I had tibia plateau surgery 18 months ago. I have a large lump on the outside of my leg that is hard and burns. stairs are hard and jogging impossibl?

I had tibia plateau surgery 18 months ago.  I have a large lump on the outside of my leg that is hard and burns. stairs are hard and jogging impossibl?

Long term problems: There's always possibility that a latent infection has blossomed. You should return to your surgeon for a work up. Could be neuroma but kind of late for that. You need an exam, and imaging studies. ...Read more

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What's the best way for me to burn fat on my shin?

What's the best way for me to burn fat on my shin?

No specific way: Localized fat deposits can only be removed by liposuction. Fat over the shin ( anterior portion of the tibia overlying the bone) can be removed as part of fat reduction universally in the body otherwise. Sometimes what a person thinks is fat over the shin bone is actually swelling of the tissue (edema) due to fluid retention. ...Read more

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Legs jump & are painful & burn at the front, shins, knees & thighs. My legs are very irritable.

Legs jump & are painful & burn at the front, shins, knees & thighs. My legs are very irritable.

Vascular: Your symptoms could be related to restless limb syndrome, but at your age i would recommend you consult your doctor regarding peripheral vascular disease especially if you are or have been a smoker, are being treated for coronary artery disease or are diabetic. ...Read more

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Fell down stairs, was seen. Said I have a sprain. Bottom and top of foot hurt. Shin where I have carpet burn feels warm to touch and numb. No xray.

Fell down stairs, was seen. Said I have a sprain. Bottom and top of foot hurt. Shin where I have carpet burn feels warm to touch and numb. No xray.

Be patient: It sounds like you have a bad sprain and some associated numbness where you got the rug burn, and most likely had some superficial nerves damaged in the scrape. If the rug burn starts to get redder and spread, the warmth gets worse, it starts to drain pus, than it may be getting infected, so seek help again in that case. Otherwise, time will heal your wounds. Good luck to you. ...Read more