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How should a blister at the site of a fourth degree burn be managed and treated?

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Posted on Wed, 7 Apr 2021
Question: Hi,
I suffered a second degree burn 4 and a half weeks ago. The blister was quite big but stayed intact fully until today. It was deflated and seemed to have absorbed a lot of itself for the past week. There was a small tear in it that I noticed and I proceeded to remove the rest of the skin, thinking that it was healed underneath by now.

It looks different than I was expecting and I am wondering what I need to do to keep it healthy now as the color was a little disheartening.

Please see pictures and advise for best thing to do at this stage.
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Answered by Dr. Lekshmi Rita Venugopal (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Continue Polysporin

Detailed Answer:

Hello,

I have gone through your query and the attached pictures.

The burn area seems to be healing very well. You can continue applying Polysporin and gauze dressing. The color of the skin is not very bad. It will heal completely in few days. But make sure that you do not try to peel the skin.

Hope this answers your question
Please let me know if you need further clarification

Regards
Dr.Lekshmi


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Follow up: Dr. Lekshmi Rita Venugopal (12 hours later)
Ok thanks for the reassurance. Is this type of skin still prone to being infected or am I passed that stage now?

Is it still best to keep dry for showering/etc. in the mean time?

Thanks.
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Answered by Dr. Lekshmi Rita Venugopal (5 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Seem to be healing well, the risk for infection is very minimal

Detailed Answer:
Hello again,

The skin seems to be healing very well. Now you can go ahead and wash the area gently with soap and water. However, keep the area dry after cleaning. You dont have to worry about infection. The possibilith of infection is unlikely as the burn area seem to be healing well.

Regards
Dr.Lekshmi
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How should a blister at the site of a fourth degree burn be managed and treated?

Brief Answer: Continue Polysporin Detailed Answer: Hello, I have gone through your query and the attached pictures. The burn area seems to be healing very well. You can continue applying Polysporin and gauze dressing. The color of the skin is not very bad. It will heal completely in few days. But make sure that you do not try to peel the skin. Hope this answers your question Please let me know if you need further clarification Regards Dr.Lekshmi