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Old 05-12-2013, 07:32 PM
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I've heard varying things but I was wondering what you do for second degree burns? I've been dressing it and putting neosporin on it. It just is nasty looking and there's an open area that is bigger than a quarter. It's in a er... sensitive spot and as thus it always has issues with my clothing rubbing it.

Should I keep it bandaged all the time?
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Old 05-12-2013, 07:37 PM
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I would bandage it during the day, and maybe at night if you can wear less irritating clothes (or no clothes) on the area, let it get some air.

But I got really really bad friction burns in a dirtbike accident, and one night I left it uncovered and all these little fuzzies got stuck in it. That was a massive section of my leg, though. So if you think your clothes/sheets/dog hair will get in it, I'd maybe just leave it uncovered for an hour or two at home and keep it covered the rest of the day.

Neosporin and bandages is about all I can recommend. Aloe vera is good, too.
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Old 05-12-2013, 07:42 PM
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Yeah this is about 6 inches long and 3 inches wide total. I left it un-bandaged yesterday and it did get fuzzies in it (ick).
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Old 05-12-2013, 07:42 PM
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If it's small enough to use those blister bandages on, try them. You can leave them on for days at a time and stuff heals under them like magic.
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Old 05-12-2013, 07:44 PM
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If it's small enough to use those blister bandages on, try them. You can leave them on for days at a time and stuff heals under them like magic.
Sadly it's not. The only thing big enough I've found is no-stick dressings and then using medical tape to tape it to my skin.
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Old 05-12-2013, 07:56 PM
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It is important it gets some air, so I'd try just leaving it unbandaged (and preferably uncovered by clothing, or just wear something loose and cotton over it) for an hour or two, maybe before bed or after a shower, and then clean and re-bandage it.
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Old 05-12-2013, 08:07 PM
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They make a decent number of burn bandages of various sizes that provide moister but let air flow, that will help keep it protected and promote healing. Some have vaseline in them but those will be more money.

But yeah, I would go to the pharmacy and look at what they have. Ask the pharmacist what they would recommend.

ETA: Something like this might work well

http://www.spenco.com/products/healt...oist-burn-pads

And this is the way more expensive and probably overkill but figured I would throw it out there: Xeroform

http://www.walgreens.com/store/c/xer...028661-product

You can buy them individually where I work but I don't know about a chain.
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Old 05-12-2013, 08:16 PM
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I haven't gone to the pharmacy yet, I will definitely look for those first burn pads. I'm almost out of neosporin and no stick pads so I'll need to drop by there tomorrow.

The last time I burnt myself this bad it took weeks to heal, but I didn't really do anything to help it heal.
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I just saw your other post on the location. Been there, done that. Painful!

Both times I was told to cover the area no more than 8-12 hours a day. I would also highly recommend getting some Silvadene cream. It's the best thing available for burns IMO. Not sure if your doctor will call in stuff over the phone, but even if you have to see him to get a RX for it, I would.
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Old 05-13-2013, 05:35 AM
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Those special burn bandages are wonderful. I got a pretty impressive 2nd degree burn on my wrist a few years ago when I made something explode at work. I used those for probably a week or two, and it healed beautifully. I doubt antone but me can even see the scar.
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