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Second Degree Burn Healing Process
I'm being treated for a 4"x12" 2nd degree burn on my stomach +7 days now. Will going back to my active job inhibit the healing process?
Do blisters from 2nd degree burns resolve on their own or do they need to be lanced? How long is healing process? How can I expect it to look after?
Leave them be!: Most physicians say that blisters less than 2cm in diameter should be left alone unless they appear infected. I recommend you see a physician for this. The issue of scaring can be variable. One recommendation is to use a high SPF sunscreen on the burn area for 3 to 6 months if exposed to the sun. This will limit pigment changes. Tetanus status is also important. Best choice is to see a Dr. ...Read more
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
After the injury: Then the hemorrhage and inflammatory stage starts which elaborates many types of growth factors stimulating cytokine activity, angiogenesis, phagocytosis, collagen cross-linking and epitheliaization all of which leads to healing so long as continued injury, contamination or infection is controlled and any chronic disease states like diabetes and vascular disease are controlled. ...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
It depends: Superficial second degree burns can be exposed to air fairly soon. Deeper burns with blisters should be protected until all of the blisters have been decompressed. All burns should be coated with thin film of antibiotic ointment or a white cream called silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) until the skin is fully healed. ...Read more
Depends: On the percentage of skin burned, the location, etc make sure your tetanus status is up to date. ...Read more
Not much: Partial thickness burns can be exposed to air as part of healing if appropriate size and location. Don't forget the tetanus booster. ...Read more
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. Any worseing pain, redness, prulent discharge, increased warmth around the skin, or red streaks, . ..Then seek medical attention. Good luck. ...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
Depends on Location: This is wholly based on where your burn is located. You should be referred to a plastic surgeon who is more demonstrative able to help you with the dressings after a 2nd degree burn. ...Read more
I have a second degree burn and the skin peeled off and I want to know if its going to stay like that?
Hyper pigmentation: If your burn is recent then it is likely to fade with time. The deeper the burn, the longer the Healing phase. Some folks tend to hyper pigment more than others and sun exposure while healing can make it worse. There are treatments for hyper pigmentation (laser, bleaching type creams). However if the burn scarred the skin then it is more difficult and may require excision. ...Read more
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
Blistered or not: A first degree burn results in redness of the skin. A second degree burn causes blisters to form. ...Read more
Yes: A second degree burn involves a partial thickness injury to the skin. The epidermis usually separates from the dermis and often forms fluid filled blisters. Usually the damaged superficial layer of skin peels or sloughs off as the skin underneath heals. This peeling can also happen in some 1st degree burns (e.G sunburn). ...Read more
Will a deep second degree burn from grease on the arm that is pink in color fade over time? The burn happened 4 months ago.
Hi, I'm trying to complete a tutorial but cannot find the answers for "healing process for 2nd deg burns" and "healing process for 3rd deg burns"?
With burns,: Time to healing depends on how deep the burn is. In general, a burn that heals in less than three weeks does not need surgery. Third degree (fullthickness) burns heal by contraction only and usually need skin grafting. Partial thickness (2nd degree) burns cover a wide spectrum from just into the dermis all the way to nearly full thickness. Their depth will determine how and if they will heal. ...Read more
Not necessarily: Second degree burns range from minor to very serious. In general, you should remove the roof of the blister, wash the burn with soap and water once a day and apply something like Bacitracin ointment and a dry bandage. If there is increasing pain, drainage, redness, or if not healed in about 10 days, you should see a doctor. ...Read more
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
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
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 more