Second Degree Burn Quiz

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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is second degree burn?

Second degree burns affect both the epidermis (first layer of the skin) and the second layer of skin (dermis). It may cause severe pain, swelling, blisters and scarring. In modern medicine, these burns are now referred to as "partial thickness" burns.

Symptoms of second degree burn

  • Suffered a burn

  • Skin abnormality

  • Easily-broken hair over the patch of burned skin

  • Blisters

Questions your doctor may ask to check for second degree burn

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose second degree burn

  • Did you sustain any burns?

  • Do you have any skin problems?

  • In the area that was burnt, does the hair break off easily?

  • Do you have blisters on your skin?

Treatment for second degree burn

Second-degree (or partial thickness) burns may be treated with antibiotic ointments or other creams or ointments to prevent infection and reduce the risk of scarring. First aid measures involve immersing the affected area in cool water or using a cool compress for 10 or 15 minutes. Applying ice should be avoided as it can worsen pain and damage.

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References

  • Blome-Eberwein SA, Amani H, Lozano DD, Gogal C, Boorse D, Pagella P. A bio-degradable synthetic membrane to treat superficial and deep second degree burn wounds in adults and children - 4 year experience. Burns. 2021 Jun;47(4):838-846. doi: 10.1016/j.burns.2020.08.008. Epub 2020 Aug 29. PMID: 33293155.

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0305417920305076?via%3Dihub

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