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Burnt hand, swelling, peeling. Using polysporin and levaquin. Anything else?

I burnt my hand about 2 months ago while reaching into the oven to take out a tray of cookies. The oven was set to about 350 degrees. I touched it very slightly and the burn was maybe half an inch. I really didn t think much of it as it scabbed over right away. The scab fell off a day or two after. I m assuming it fell off prematurely because that s when everything went wrong. I developed small blisters all around my burn spreading over most of my hand and wrist . My entire hand was swollen. I was advised to take Levaquin once a day for 1 week to aid the probable infection. The swelling has gone down and now it is no longer as bright red but much darker. A layer of skin seems to be peeling off. However I still have bumps. I get random surges of unbearable itchiness. How long will this take to heal and will I have a lot of scarring? It feels really soothing for the itching when I put hot water on it..especially in the shower. Should I be putting on cold water instead? I have also been putting Polysporin on it but nothing else. Is there something else I should use? Please advise. Thank you!
Asked On : Mon, 11 Feb 2013
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Dermatologist 's  Response
Dec 2013

Welcome and thanks for posting your query to Healthcare Magic.

As per your query you had burnt hand have swelling and peeling. Presently you are using polysporin and levaquin and need further suggestion.

First of all it is almost 2 months since your problem. Generally in any of the injuries we get healing at the maximum in 2-3 weeks. As it is 8 weeks since the burn so you should be bit more careful and vigilant regarding the problem.

For the betterment kindly follow the suggestions below:
-Do simple cold compressions two times.
- stay away from heat and humidity.
- do not try to touch or scratch or pinch the area as can lead to secondary infection.
- Get yourself immunized by tetanus vaccine.
- You can apply topical antibiotic cream such as "mupirocin" or fucidin in thin layer two times a day.
Meanwhile fix an appointment with a doctor to see that if the wound is not turning into a non healing ulcer.
Hope these information will help.

"With good health wishes"

Dr Sanjay Kumar Kanodia
MD (Dermatology & STDs)
Answered: Wed, 24 Jul 2013
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