Both will be red. Both will have drainage, particularly if blisters have ruptured. Both will be tender to the touch.
If the redness is increasing, the pain is increasing, or the drainage is abundant and has a foul odor, it is more likely infected. One thing many patients overlook is the possibility of getting tetanus
from a burn. If your last immunization
was more than 5 years ago, you should get a new one.
It is very helpful to have a hand surgeon
look at the burn. He/she can help distinguish between the tissue damage from the burn itself and an infection that requires antibiotics. Often, silvadene
) cream will be used as an anti-septic and salve.
Thankfully, the palm of the hand has a very thick dermis
layer and it takes a lot of heat to create a full-thickness (third degree) burn. A hot pan can deliver that amount of heat depending on its temperature, thickness, and the amount of time your hand was in contact.
If the burn leaves an elongated scar, it can cause contractures, where the skin tightens and it becomes more difficult to open your hand. A hand surgeon can also help determine if the scar will be a problem and needs releases or skin grafting.