10 types of second degree burns

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How to treat a second degree burn

The first thing to do for a second degree burn is to cool down the skin so the burn doesn't get worse. You can do it:

  • Runs it through with cold water.
  • Place the burned area in a bowl of cold water.
  • Apply a cold compress

Continue to cool the skin until the pain stops when you remove the cold source, which can take up to 30 minutes.

Without ice!

Do not use ice or ice water to cool the skin after a burn, as low temperatures can further damage the tissues.

Treatment for a grade 2 burn may include:

When to seek medical help

Seek medical attention for a grade 2 burn if:

  • The burn has blisters
  • You are in great pain
  • You have a fever or other signs of infection.
  • The burn doesn't go away in two weeks.
  • Fluid comes out of the burned area
  • Swelling or redness
  • Burns more than 2-3 inches wide
  • Burns to the arms, legs, face, genitals, buttocks, or over a large joint.

Frequently asked questions

How long does a second degree sunburn take to heal?

A second degree sunburn should completely disappear in one to three weeks if it is treated properly and an infection does not develop. At this stage, your skin may still be discolored and there is a risk of permanent scarring.

How often do you change the dressing for a second degree burn?

Change the dressing within 48 hours after the first dressing . If it heals well after doing this, change the dressing every three to five days. However, if the burn site is painful or odorless, change the dressing immediately.

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