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What should you do if you have a pretty small second degree burn?
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Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine
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The most important thing about burns is preventing infection.
Make sure you keep the area clean, use a topical antibiotic cream 2-3 times a day. Any worseing pain, redness, prulent discharge, increased warmth around the skin, or red streaks, ...Then seek medical attention. Good luck.

In brief: See answer
The most important thing about burns is preventing infection.
Make sure you keep the area clean, use a topical antibiotic cream 2-3 times a day. Any worseing pain, redness, prulent discharge, increased warmth around the skin, or red streaks, ...Then seek medical attention. Good luck.
Dr. John Munshower
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
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The treatment of second degree burns typified by blisters is controversial in regards to opening or leaving the blisters alone.
Once the blisters are opened the dead skin should be removed. Nearly all agree on topical antibiotics: Bacitracin pint for face and silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) for body if not allergic to prevent conversion to 3rd degree. Nsaids are controversial, hygiene, nutrition, elevation are advised.

In brief: See a doctor.
The treatment of second degree burns typified by blisters is controversial in regards to opening or leaving the blisters alone.
Once the blisters are opened the dead skin should be removed. Nearly all agree on topical antibiotics: Bacitracin pint for face and silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) for body if not allergic to prevent conversion to 3rd degree. Nsaids are controversial, hygiene, nutrition, elevation are advised.
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Megan Jack
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Second degree burn
The main risk of a 2nd degree burn is infection and scarring.
Some deeper 2nd degree burns will fail to heal and need surgery for treatment (skin grafting). You should apply an ointment during healing (bacitracin or similar antibiotic ointment) and apply a clean dressing daily. You should see your doctor if it does not seem to show signs of healing after 1 week or if you have signs of infection.

In brief: Second degree burn
The main risk of a 2nd degree burn is infection and scarring.
Some deeper 2nd degree burns will fail to heal and need surgery for treatment (skin grafting). You should apply an ointment during healing (bacitracin or similar antibiotic ointment) and apply a clean dressing daily. You should see your doctor if it does not seem to show signs of healing after 1 week or if you have signs of infection.
Dr. Megan Jack
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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology
In brief: Silvadene (silver sulfadiazine)
Silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) or biafine cream can be applied several times a day to prevent secondary infections and allow rapid healing.
Oral antibiotic are not necessary for a small second degree burn unless it appears secondarily infected.

In brief: Silvadene (silver sulfadiazine)
Silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) or biafine cream can be applied several times a day to prevent secondary infections and allow rapid healing.
Oral antibiotic are not necessary for a small second degree burn unless it appears secondarily infected.
Dr. Morris Westfried
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