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Should you break a blister from burns?

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

Dr. Charles Breaux, Jr
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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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I have a water blister on my forefinger from a burn. Should I break the blister. I have diabetes?

I have a water blister on my forefinger from a burn. Should I break the blister. I have diabetes?

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

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Treating Burns (Checklist)

For minor burns, run cool water on the area
Once
Cover the burn with a sterile gauze bandage
Once
Use OTC pain relievers like acetaminophen and ibuprofen
Once
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How do they treat blisters and burns?

How do they treat blisters and burns?

Symptomatically: Cool compresses and caring for the resultant wound/open skin is about all one can do. ...Read more

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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?

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?

The Best: Get a script from your Dr. For Silvadene Cream. This is the best and unfortunately there is no OTC equivalent. It will also give you relief, and prevent infections ...Read more

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Treating Burns (Checklist)

Place cool cloths on the burn to ease pain.
6x day
Apply soothing lotions like Aloe Vera to relieve pain and swelling.
6x day
Use Tylenol or NSAIDS for pain control.
every 4-6 hours
Watch for signs of infection.
daily
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How long do the blisters on second degree burns normally last? I know not to drain them.

How long do the blisters on second degree burns normally last? I know not to drain them.

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

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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?

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

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What do round blisters on hands mean? Kind of itchy and look almost like burns

What do round blisters on hands mean?  Kind of itchy and look almost like burns

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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Blistering (Definition)

Blistering is a bubble of skin filled with fluid. They can occur to excessive rubbing (as with a new pair of ...Read more

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