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Should You Break A Blister From Burns
Protect it: An unpopped blister represents a closed sterile environment. Yes on occasion one can become infected then it is time to open it, however the risk of infection in a dressed open wound is still higher than that of an intact blister. The blister will gradually resolve with time. ...Read more
Don't break blister: It is always better to leave a blister intact. Once you open it then there is a way for infection to get into the damaged skin underneath. This is especially important in diabetics. I suggest leaving the blister intact and putting a bandage over it. In a few days it will probably open on its own but by that time then skin underneath will have had some time to heal up. ...Read more
I went to the beach about a week ago and got severely burned. The burns increased in pain and redness. It also formed pus blisters. Any OTC creams?
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Usually not long: Usually they break in a day or two. If they are very annoying, your DR will use a sterile needle to drain them. ...Read more
I have second degree burns on my arm, all of the blisters are popped, once just now some up to a few days ago. Should I keep it bandaged overnight?
Careful: A dry dressing can get glued to the raw skin. This will be painful. Water is good for this. You can wash. Avoid peroxide. Avoid bacitracin and neosporin and triple antibiotic as these are common sensitizers. Keep it from getting dry. Vaseline and Aquaphor are useful. If you use a dressing, apply vaseline, then a non-stick dressing. Adaptic works well. Bioclusive is excellent: you can leave it on f ...Read more
I have second degree burns on my arm, all of the blisters are unroofed; one just now some up to a few days ago. Should I keep it bandaged overnight?
Yes: Keep area clean and dry. Use silvadine cream, Keep open when out of bed....helps healing faster. ...Read more
Doctor can examine: Rashes are difficult to describe in words. A primary care doctor or a dermatologist can examine "blisters" to see what they might be. Sometimes rashes are related to skin friction, viral infections, allergies, irritants, eczema, fungi (tinea), psoriasis, etc... "blisters" can mean different things to different people. A primary care doctor or a dermatologist can help. ...Read more
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