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Suggest remedy for cigarette burns on body

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Posted on Thu, 3 Dec 2015
Question: I'm a self harmed and used a cigarette and a cigar to put both burns on my hips? Some are still blisters while a few are whitish, and then some are black.
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Answered by Dr. Vivek Chail (34 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
The variation is appearance is due to non uniform nature of burn injury

Detailed Answer:
Hi xxxxxxxxxxx,
Thanks for writing in to us.

I have read through your query in detail.
Please find my observations below.

1. Self harm behavior and causing small burns to your skin is a habit which should be controlled and please prevent more any harm to yourself.

2. Burns from a cigarette and cigar are not uniform over the skin and some of the tissue damage in the burn injury can be superficial while some parts might involve deep layer of skin.

3. Due to the non uniform nature of the burn injury, the healing of the wound might show different stages and this is the reason for variation in appearance.

4. Applying 1% silver sulfadiazine cream is recommended and you are doing it. The wound must also be kept clean.

5. Please do not scratch the scab and blisters else it will lead to infection in the wound and this can delay healing.

Hope your query is answered.
Please do write back if you have any doubts.

Regards,
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Sonia Raina
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Follow up: Dr. Vivek Chail (11 minutes later)
Can shower normally?
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Answered by Dr. Vivek Chail (33 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
You can shower if there is no pus or blood discharge

Detailed Answer:
Hi xxxxxxxxxxx,
Thanks for writing back with an update.

1. In there is no blood or pus discharge then you can shower. Please wipe the area dry after the shower. Avoid removing the scab or applying pressure over the wound.

Hope your query is answered.
Please do write back if you have any doubts.

Regards,
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Prasad
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Suggest remedy for cigarette burns on body

Brief Answer: The variation is appearance is due to non uniform nature of burn injury Detailed Answer: Hi xxxxxxxxxxx, Thanks for writing in to us. I have read through your query in detail. Please find my observations below. 1. Self harm behavior and causing small burns to your skin is a habit which should be controlled and please prevent more any harm to yourself. 2. Burns from a cigarette and cigar are not uniform over the skin and some of the tissue damage in the burn injury can be superficial while some parts might involve deep layer of skin. 3. Due to the non uniform nature of the burn injury, the healing of the wound might show different stages and this is the reason for variation in appearance. 4. Applying 1% silver sulfadiazine cream is recommended and you are doing it. The wound must also be kept clean. 5. Please do not scratch the scab and blisters else it will lead to infection in the wound and this can delay healing. Hope your query is answered. Please do write back if you have any doubts. Regards,