Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.


Abdominal Burn Overview

What is an abdominal burn?
A person with an abdominal burn has an injury to the skin caused by exposure to excessive heat. Sunburn is a common cause of abdominal burn. A chemical burn, electrical injury, or radiation exposure can also cause burns to the skin. Burns are classified as first-degree burns, second-degree burns, or third-degree burns.

What are the symptoms of an abdominal burn?
Symptoms of an abdominal burn depend on the severity of the burn. Common symptoms of a superficial, first-degree burn include skin pain, skin redness, and skin swelling. Second-degree burns cause blisters to form because more of the skin is injured. Severe, third-degree burns cause charring and numbness of the skin because all layers of the skin are injured.

How does the doctor treat an abdominal burn?
Treatment for an abdominal burn may include wound care, antibiotic cream, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, and narcotic pain medications. Treatment for severe burns may include surgery and skin grafts.

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