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Swimming With 2nd Degree Burns
Burns: I treat many patients with burns. Usually 1st degree burns do no provide lasting injury. They are like sun burns. But second degree burns can provide lasting bodily injury. A great deal depends on the "size" of the burn and the depth of the injury. The skin could have lasting hyper pigmentation or hypo pigmentation. ...Read more
Yes, and badly: Think of hot coffee as "boiling" hot coffee, which can instantly burn a child or adult. The burns are usually 2nd degree and can leave permanent ugly scars. If one has young children, one can ask the barista for some ice cubes. Dump the cubes into the coffee to cool it to a non-scalding temperature before carrying the cup around. It is safest to not have hot drinks within 3 feet of a child! ...Read more
They can.: If the burn is superficial in depth (but still blistered), good wound care may yield no scars whatsoever. But deep(er) 2nd degree burns can indeed leave scars. Scarring is totally dependent on the depth of the injury, whether from the initial thermal damage, or from subsequent infection causing more severe tissue loss. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
First is just...: ...Redness; bubbles and skin coming off is 2nd degree. Both increase chances of skin cancer in the future; 2nd degree is also a concern for infection, dehydration, and scarring. Do try to protect your skin next time - high-spf lotion, uv-opaque clothes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have 2nd degree burns on dorsum of hand with boiling oil spilt.Skin scalded how to keep wound open or covered.48 hrs now.Serous fluid still coming?
See a surgeon: It sounds like this is a serious burn. Risk of infection as well as future scarring can be significant if not managed appropriately in the early stages. Please seek care from a plastic surgeon or a general surgeon specializing in burn care if available. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
They can: 2º burns can describe anything just deeper than a 1º burn to burns that act like full thickness burns. The deeper the burn, the more likely it is to result in poor scarring. Also, infection can convert a shallow burn to a deeper burn, so it is important to have good care from a doctor or burn team familiar with both the acute and long-term care of burns. ...Read more
Depends on size/age: Certainly, deep second degree burns over a large or important area (face, genitalia, hands/feet) could, especially in infants or elderly / debilitated people. These would leave permanent scars / joint contractures, and could require surgery and lead to life-threatening complications. I suppose, in the right circumstance, even a very large first degree burn might, but this would be very unusual. ...Read more
I spilled coffee on my 10 mo. Old grandson. He had mostly 1st degree but some 2nd degree burns. Will there be scars or with it fade away?
What should I do about 2nd degree burns to a 8 year old's eyelid and 1st degree burns to the cheek?
See an eye doctor...: Seek help from an ophthalmologist.Get a more detailed answer ›
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