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Should You Go In A Sauna With A 2nd Degree Burn
Yes: A 2nd-degree burn extends into the bottom layer of skin, the dermis. Abrasions, of which a rug burn is a mild form, are very often 2nd-degree in depth. They usually heal with good wound care (keeping it clean and applying antibiotic ointment) and good nutrition. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Second degree burns: Are defined by the presence of blisters, but can range from very shallow to very deep. In general, the best treatment (in my opinion) is to remove the blisters to prevent the possibility of a closed space infection. Wash with soap and water, pat dry and apply Bacitracin ointment and a dry dressing 2-3 times/day. If increasing pain, drainage or redness or if not healed in two weeks, see a doctor. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Second degree burns: Are defined by the presence of blisters, but can range from very shallow to very deep. In general, the best treatment (in my opinion) is to remove the blisters to prevent the possibility of a closed space infection. Wash with soap and water, pat dry and apply Bacitracin ointment and a dry dressing 2-3 times/day. If increasing pain, drainage or redness or if not healed in two weeks, see a doctor. Read more
Superfast healing: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation (red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infected. Showering is ok but go easy on the scrubbing. Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
What's the best way to treat a 2nd degree burn mark? Also how can I remove the scar after it's healed?
Promote healing: The best way is to protect the wound to speed up healing i.e. Leave the blister intact unless it is so large it is a problem. Then a doctor should debride it and provide a sterile dressing and antibiotic cream. Keep the mark out of direct sunlight and don't smoke as it slows healing. You can also purchase silicone gel/ sheeting as that can speed fading. See a plastic surgeon for further help. Read more
1 wk ago, I got a 2nd degree burn on my finger (1/2'x1/2'). Should I keep it covered all the time or leave it open for a few hours every day?
Minor burn care: This burn is small and should not get infected. Neosporin ointment daily is a good treatment. If it is not healing within 2 weeks, then you should show it to your doctor. Wounds heal best when kept moist with a dressing or an antibiotic ointment. Letting them dry slows down the healing. Usually they hurt less, too! Read more
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 I wouldn't use an ointment on blisters at all. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I got a 2nd degree burn (1/2'x 1/2') on my second finger. I took the blistered skin off the wound. Should I leave it open or cover it with a bandage?
Kind of tricky: This question is a little tricky, because I don't know how you got the burn in the first place? Some people burn themselves when they are intoxicated -- makes it more likely to have accidents. Also, I agree with dr. Weiner about the dehydration part. If you can't hold off drinking while your body heals from this burn, better take a look at your use of alcohol. Best wishes in getting well. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Wait: It is safe to wait until the wound heals and the skin has fully resurfaced. Read more
I have a 2nd degree burn. It was red and blistered but now it is peeling and not painful. Is this a good sign it's healing?
I got burned on my arm about a week ago at work I noticed it was swollen so a few days later it popped and water came out. Is this a 2nd degree burn?
THIRD DEGREE BURN: THIRD DEGREE BURN, is when the injury cause blistering of the skin and eventual rupture. You need to be examined and the severity assessed. I usually will start a topical antibiotic like SILVADENE and an oral antibiotic like CEFTIN (cefuroxime). Depending on severity a consult with a BURN SPECIALIST OR PLASTIC SURGEON MAY BE WARRANTED. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had a 2nd degree burn from hot coffee spilling on my hand almost 2 months ago. The burn now looks light pink/sometimes very pale. Will this go away?
I have a 2nd degree burn on my arm from the oven, and the only thing I have here is coconut oil, will coconut oil work or make it worst?
Is it best to cover a 2nd degree burn, the blister popped straight after I burn it and don't want to get it dirty. Are you meant to cover burns?
Vaseline: Do not use silver nitrate, silver sulfadiazine, Silvadene, triple antibiotic, neosporin, bacitracin, peroxide. Water is good for it. Lubricate with vaseline or Aquaphor. If it is large, see a DR. Bioclusive and similar membranes are excellent. Avoid any dry dressing which can get glued to the wound. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My friend got a 2nd degree burn on her lip from coffee. Will it heal with just applying thin layers of Vaseline? Any other recommendations? Thank you!
IT will heal: Meghan what a bummer. I think you have no problems and it will heal. Read more
Ice!: Apply cold water or ice - ice will hurt the first minute or so, but then should help a lot. If you haven't seen a doctor, get it checked - 2nd degree burns on the hand can lead to troublesome movement problems later, and they also can prescribe burn cream & pain meds. Naproxen or Ibuprofen in the meantime should also help, as long as you have no reasons to avoid those meds. Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers