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I have a burn wound that is turning yellow & red like small blood stains does that mean an infection is in it?

I have a burn wound that is turning yellow & red like small blood stains does that mean an infection is in it?

Colonized slough or: Yellow "stuff" at the base of the wound is likely "slough" (but w/o a picture, it's impossible to be sure). Slough is accumulated dead tissue, debris, dirt & bacteria. Small red "blood stains" could be blood vessels or healthy tissue. Bacteria are present all over the skin & colonize 100% of wounds, but infect (invade body & cause symptoms like fever, chills, nausea &c) in only a few. Wound Care! ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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I had laparotomy done two weeks ago, and I have burning sensation in my wound but there's no sign of infection just burning pain! What is this?

I had laparotomy done two weeks ago, and I have burning sensation in my wound but there's no sign of infection just burning pain! What is this?

Hopefully nothing: Keep looking for redness, drainage, separation, bulge or increasing pain rather than decreasing with time.
Best to see the surgeon. ...Read more

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I think I have an infection in a large burn wound. What is treatment?! Help

I think I have an infection in a large burn wound. What is treatment?! Help

Antibiotics: Depend on what infection and how bad it is, you need antibiotics. If it's sever you may Ned IV antibiotics as well. ...Read more

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How can I prevent scarring on burn wound?

How can I prevent scarring on burn wound?

Prevention...: How well your body heals scars is very variable between different people. It's possible that you will always have some scar, how bad it is depends on the depth of the burn and your ability to heal. Keeping the wound moist with neosporin will help, avoid sun on the wound for 6 months as this will change the color of the skin. After the wound is healed you can use silicone stick on the scar. ...Read more

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How long do docs recommend I should I keep my burn wound wrapped?

How long do docs recommend I should I keep my burn wound wrapped?

Simple Care: Burns are response of tissues to heat injury. It is inflammation which increases blood flow to the area to promote healing. Depth determines care. Do not use ice worsens already injured skin. Cool water soaks help as can taking anti-inflammation medicines like Motrin or advil (ibuprofen). Avoid further damage as this can cause scarring. Trick is to protect from more injury. If below the skin, see a doc. ...Read more

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How can I treat my infected burn wound?

How can I treat my infected burn wound?

Antibiotics: Considered the gold standard for treatment of many infections in 2013 along with bandages and tlc. Please do see a doctor for that asap. ...Read more

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Burning sinus, but no congestion or signs of infection. I don't feel sick at all, but how do I stop the burning?

Burning Sinus: Some viruses and early "colds" attack the lining of the sinuses and cause that annoying burning sensation. I use sterile saline nose spray to "wash out" the sinuses and then one or two gentle sprays of afrin (oxymetazoline) nose spray to relieve congestion. Sometimes it takes days to develop the full blown cold syndrome. ...Read more

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Help with burn wound. How do I clean it and keep it from getting worse?

Help with burn wound. How do I clean it and keep it from getting worse?

Wash, apply vaseline: Superficial burns need to be kept clean and moist to heal. They should be cleansed gently with soap and water once or twice a day, then covered with vaseline and a bandaid. Clean, uninfected burns do not need antibiotic ointments (which can cause allergic reactions). Deeper burns need to be seen by a doctor to determine appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for a minor burn wound?

What is the best treatment for a minor burn wound?

Right after: The burn COLD water should be used to irrigate the area and after that the treatment depends upon burn degree. Very minor burns should simply be covered by a protective dressing...antibacterial preparations may be useful if blister (2nd degree) burn results.

Hope this is helpful
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Can you use peroxide to clean the yellow part out of a burn wound?

Can you use peroxide to clean the yellow part out of a burn wound?

Yes, but don't: Peroxide is very damaging to the cells that are trying to heal that wound. Usually just soap and water are sufficient to clean a wound. And then a nice sterile dressing, with or without silver. Follow your surgeons recomendations ...Read more

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I am having itchy skin around burn wound! Please help?

I am having itchy skin around burn wound! Please help?

Rx cream: I like silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) cream. It is an antibiotic cream with soothing effect. It requires prescription so see a doctor. If the wound is already healing, try Hydrocortisone cream. ...Read more

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Is it ok to swim with a burn wound?

Is it ok to swim with a burn wound?

Probably not: Water can caused maceration of wound and prolong time required for healing and predispose wound to infection. Would be good idea to avoid swimming until wound heals. ...Read more

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Why is liquid coming out of my open burn wound?

Serous fluid: The liquid coming out of your burn is normal in most cases. It will be straw colored and is just fluid from between the tissues in your body. As long as it is not thick and white or green it is fine. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to use soap, alcohal to clean a burn wound?

Is it possible for you to use soap, alcohal to clean a burn wound?

Soap is good!: Serious burns need evaluation by a doctor. Minor burns can be treated with antiseptic ointment (Bacitracin is best) and a dressing to keep the ointment in place. Each day, wash off the old ointment and dead skin (little by little) and apply new ointment and dressing. Good luck! ...Read more

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I am 2 weeks post total thyroidectomy. My scar is now burning and feels tender. I's that normal? No signs of infection

I am 2 weeks post total thyroidectomy. My scar is now burning and feels tender. I's that normal? No signs of infection

Likely nerves: This is likely due to the recovery of sensory cutaneous nerves from the cervical plexus that may have been compressed or injured during he incision. For the most part these will recover with very little sequelae. Hypersenstitivuty is common in any early wound. Please discuss with your surgeon as other causes could be responsible such as suture sensitivity. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for a burn wound to heal?

How long is it supposed to it take for a burn wound to heal?

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 so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are? 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. ...Read more

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I'm experiencing a clear watery copious vaginal discharge. No odor, burning, itching, or signs of infection. What are s/s this could be a rare ca?

I'm experiencing a clear watery copious vaginal discharge. No odor, burning, itching, or signs of infection. What are s/s this could be a rare ca?

Unlikely: Copious discharge isn't likely cancer. Most likely is a bacterial infection or irritation/inflammation. You can see doctor and they can test to make sure. Sometimes you can have an infection without smell or itching. Often women with chlamydia have no indication that they have this infection. See a doctor and get tested, just to be sure. ...Read more

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Had circumcision 2 weeks ago, now I slight burning pain and yellow discharge. Got antibiorics just in case but dr said no sign of infection. Possible?

Had circumcision 2 weeks ago, now I slight burning pain and yellow discharge. Got antibiorics just in case but dr said no sign of infection. Possible?

Here are some. .: What you & Doc observed and described is expected so it's reasonable to keep the circumcision site clean and dry as much as possible as long as becoming less and less discomfort and less and less swelling. Usually, there is no need to use oral antibiotics, but at most, its topical use. Your profile suggests you've a great room to practice healthy lifestyle for better future. ...Read more

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Skin Burns (Definition)

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