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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?

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

Dr. Charles Breaux
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Burns (Definition)

To the skin and possibly deeper structures. 1st-degree is into the epidermis, or top layer of the skin. 2nd-degree is into the dermis, or bottom layer of the skin. 3rd-degree is all the way through the skin. 4th-degree is into deeper ...Read more


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Can you please tell me about healing stages of a second degree burn?

Can you please tell me about healing stages of a second degree burn?

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

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What are the healing stages of a second degree burn?

What are the healing stages of a second degree burn?

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

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How can I tell if a second degree burn is healing?

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

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How can you tell if a healing second degree burn is infected?

Signs of infection: Fever, spreading redness around the area, drainage of pus, increasing pain. If you think you might have this, you need to seek medical attention promptly. ...Read more

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What should you do if you have a pretty small second degree burn?

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

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Does a second degree burn be washed daily?

Burn: Yes a burn like that can be cleansed each day and dressed with antibiotic ointment and a nonstick dressing. ...Read more

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When should a second degree burn be exposed to air?

When should a second degree burn be exposed to air?

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 until the skin is fully healed. ...Read more

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What should I wash my second degree burn with?

What should I wash my second degree burn with?

Mild soap: Wound healing after a 2nd degree burn can take 2-3 weeks. The open sores need hydration to heal. Soaps that do not strip you of your oils will help, such as cetaphil wash. Moisturizing is very important to enhance healing. ...Read more

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