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Discussion in 'All Other Discussions' started by Gina B, Jan 11, 2010.
burned fingertips on hand-second degree-any ideas on what can help?
Run the burn under cold water for 15 minutes. After that, loosely cover the burn with a sterile gauze pad. If you can get a hold of your doctor, ask him for a prescription for silver sulfadine. It is a great antibiotic for burns. If you can't get that, wait 24 hours then use triple antibiotic ointment under the gauze. If it blisters, leave the blisters alone. Keep it covered until it begins to heal and all of the blisters are either broken or re-absorbed. If there is broken skin, keep antibiotic ointment on it.
Sorry that happened! Burns hurt a LOT.
ty-automatically blistered hard and white-will try to call doc and ask 4 that
Is this a result of hanging out on the BB to much?
can't hang on bb 2 much
aloe-vera plants have been used for ages to heal burns.....have a gander at this site:
I used aloe vera once on second degree cooking burns, spilled some hot stuff on the inside of my arm, was several inches long and across, the aloe vera helps with healing, but not the immediate burn, eased it not at all. Ann's advice is correct.
Thanks Ann. The doc was paged and never called back so instead of the silver, using olive oil and bp paste per what a friend said and keeping them covered like you said.
when it rains it purs...the other hand- yesterday night a glass snowman candy jar fell from above while I was leaning down and hit my arm/wrist on the opposite side of the one I burned fingers on. Right where I broke it b4 so now is aching and has a bump. Not meant to use hands maybe? :laugh:
Gina - What is the bp paste? I'd not put anything on it for the first 24 hours since the risk of infection is so high that even things that normal cuts can handle can be very bad for burns. The silver sulfadine cream is the best thing to get - try to get it today from your doctor if possible. Otherwise later today start using a good antibiotic cream.
Some years back my son decided to drop a match in a bottle of washer fluid mixed with alcohol to see what would happen. Unfortunately he wanted to look directly into the bottle while doing it. While his glasses saved his eyes he received third degree burns over all his face.
The hospital soaked his face with a towel soaked in iodine ice water for a couple hours. His skin just weeped all day long for weeks. It was my job to wash his face clean twice daily and use the silver uh..stuff after the cleaning. I will not go into the torture he endured while doing that but what I do know is that burns that severe can become quickly infected if not handled correctly.
sounds awful revmitchell. I was burned 3rd degree on top of my foot when I little, the entire top, I was never taken to a doctor, mom treated it like my grandmother (dad's mother) said, it was infected, for weeks, nasty scabbing and running, for a while it so swelled I could hardly walk. If a burns bad enough you think you need help or advice, get a doctor's help. As bad as it was, I could have lost my foot from it.
Just baking powder and olive oil. Made it worse for a minute then was ok. There's no sign of infection or weeping, think it got too cooked for that. It seems that it is soaking up moisture like crazy, blisters are soaked in and dressing is dry and skin hard and dry, so added more. Still hurts, but is tolerable now.
Doc not calling back after hospital paged him is just confirmation of what me and hubby already talked about before this - we need a new doc! Not going in because don't like him...there's no quick care thing around anymore (they shut down) and it's not ER worthy. I'll start with antibiotic stuff after work.
Thanks for help folks!
One other thing I'm thinking of after my daughter was burned a couple of months ago (making cookies - got a high 2nd degree burn on the back of her hand on the oven rack): don't get the ointment but get the cream. So get the neosporin cream (it has a pain killer in it) because the ointment will not allow the burn to heal as well since it "smothers" it. I'd definitely not use olive oil and baking powder on it at all. Neither of those are sterile or have strong antibiotic properties. Lavender oil would be better (true essential oil) but I wouldn't use that yet either. A true antibiotic cream is what you need.
Thanks all. I can type again!
They're still a little sore-yet-numb, but I was amazed at how fast the healing went! It's kinda fun to watch the fingerprints coming back. I wish I had a camera that would pick up on such fine detail. That would be cool to document! It's definitely not something I want to EVER have happen again though! Fingertips are even more sensitive than ya think. Such a small area...such big ouchiness!
I'm so glad you're feeling better! Isn't it cool to see your fingers get back that unique fingerprint? God just amazes me with His creation sometimes.
I have not found that water helps much, but I use a skin lotion with aloe in it. It takes away the burning.
Jon, the water is just to cool the burn site before damage is done to tissue. It has nothing to do with pain relief.
We keep an aloe vera plant in kitchen at all times, and in the church, when I was pastor. It sure worked in my experience.
Yep - Jim is right - the water is to cool the skin to prevent deeper damage. I'd not put a regular skin lotion on a burn until it's mostly healed because it could introduce bacteria that you do NOT want since the skin is so compromised. A prescription antibiotic cream or just the over the counter ones would be much better.