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Swimming With 2nd Degree Burns
After: The popped blisters are no longer raw and have healed
Is there an online resource for seeing the stages of recovery from 2nd and deep 2nd degree burns caused by fire as well as showing wound care.
It varies: Even though burns are separated into 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree categories, there are also an infinite amount of variations within each type. In other words every burn is a little different. The answer to your question is to seek treatment from a doctor qualified to treat burns and follow your doctor's recommendations.See 1 more doctor answer
No: You can wet them.Get a more detailed answer ›
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.
Blisters, pain: 1st-degree burn: least serious. It burns only the outer layer of skin. The skin turns red, may see swelling, pain mild. 2nd-degree burn: the burn is deeper, blisters develop, skin is usually very red, swelling occurs, pain more severe. 3rd-degree burn: most serious burns, it involves all layers of the skin. It causes permanent tissue damage. Fat, muscle and even bone can be involved.
1-2 weeks: A first degree burn will heal faster than a second degree burn, since no blister formed. When you get a second degree burn, a blister forms, so it will take a little longer to heal. You will not have a scar after either. Since the skin will be red or pink for a while, make sure to use sunscreen
Seek Treatment: Deep 2nd degree burns need medical attention and script for silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) cream to help with pain and antibacterial. These can become infected and convert to full thickness loss (3rd degree). Needs careful care and dressings. Do not ignore these. Sometimes loss/excess of skin pigment can occur along with surface scarring which is permanent.
Probably not: In the acute phase - probably. However after complete healing - I see no reason why you shouldn't be able to donate.
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!
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.See 1 more doctor answer
Yes: It's important to keep your 2nd-degree burn wounds clean so that they can heal well. Showering is good, allowing the water to run over the wounds. Afterwards, apply a topical antimicrobial (e.g., bacitracin, neomycin, poklsporin, triple-antibiotic ointment) +/- a bandage.See 1 more doctor answer
I was burned on the face, and now my burns are blistering, but not painful. Did I get 1st or 2nd degree burns?
Second degree: By definition burns that blister are second degree, if no pain probably superficial second degree burn.
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