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Skin Burn Second Degree Overview

Another name for Skin Burn Second Degree is Second Degree Burn.

What is a second degree burn?
A person with a second degree burn has burned the outer layers of the skin. Second degree burns result in painful, red skin and blisters. A second degree burn can be caused by exposure to heat, chemicals, electricity or radiation.

What are the symptoms of a second degree burn?
Symptoms of a second degree burn include red, painful skin and blisters. Additional symptoms of a second degree burn may include skin swelling and rupture of the blisters.

How does the doctor treat a second degree burn?
Treatment for a second degree burn includes gentle skin cleansing, antibiotic creams or ointments, and narcotic pain medications or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Treatment for broken blisters includes removal of the thin, loose layer of skin that remains on the surface.

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Last Updated: Jan 4, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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