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    Burn on foot question

    I recently got a burn on my heel and from what I know and have researched about a burn blister, it should just be left to heal. However this is by far the largest blister I have ever had. Any advice? I attached a picture.

    This happened from my race car, I had it on the dyno doing some tuning and the tunnel got very hot. I felt the pain and moved my foot but not quick enough.
    Andrew

    #2
    Dude, go get that looked at. There's a place where burns need medical attention. I would say this would be one of those times.
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      #3
      Whoa, that is one hell of a blister!.

      Do everything in your power to keep that blister intact, including covering the blister was sterile gauze or other padding to make sure it doesn't accidentally snagged on something and get torn open. As long as the blister doesn't break, you're in good shape.

      If, God forbid,the blister does break open and protective cover skin comes off, I would get to wound care specialist as soon as possible.

      What caused that nasty burn?
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        #4
        The actual blister seems normal but those darker patches under it are what I wonder about it.

        FWIW this happened Wednesday night and I only just noticed it last night. I have had no AD or spasms from it. When I saw it I was surprised I didn't have some of that. The blister does not leak at all and is soft to the touch. Putting on socks gave me no AD/pain/spasm.
        Andrew

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          #5
          What Smash/Ashleigh said above.
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            #6
            That is quite a large blood blister. It would be good to get it looked at. Usually blisters are best not to be burst. the blister is a protective cover to the damage lying underneath the blister.

            pbr
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              #7
              Obviously went through enough layers of skin to get to deep tissue i.e. the massive blood accumulated. I agree - have someone take care of this because that's the number 2 spot for pressure wounds (meaning it will be more difficult to heal, especially if there's swelling). Obviously no shoes when working on the car?
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                #8
                Third degree burn, massive blood, what?!?

                I don't think there would be blood in the blister at all if I had known about it sooner. I looked that evening after I felt the pain sensation but didn't see anything then forgot. The site got irritated I am sure through daily life. I even took a shower and didn't notice it, and washed my feet too.

                I don't have any pressure issues there. I do on my little toes, they tend to curl in and the bone by the knuckle is the issue. It is a sharp point with thin skin. I don't wear my shoes that much because of that. I wanted to wear them when I got the burn but I forgot to take them. I am insulating that area of the car now.

                It looks to me like an area of second degree (superficial partial thickness) with those dark areas second degree (deep partial thickness)?

                My daughter got a hand burn on the fireplace not to long ago and it was very similar. I am trying to remember and I believe it was a week or maybe two leaving the blister alone. Then the doctor cut the blister off and dressed the area. That was on her fingers though not an immobile spot like mine.
                Andrew

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                  #9
                  Just getting over a burn to the foot on the heel. It took me 7 months to heal. Had it followed by a vascular surgeon. Silvadeen cream with dressing changes on a daily basis all that time. I had a section of the burn that was 3rd. degree. The foot is farthest from the heart making it take a lot longer to heal than other parts of the body. This should be watched and taken care of by a professional who can catch the first signs of possible infection setting in. Suggest you don't delay in doing this.
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                    #10
                    Update two weeks post, the blister has been doing well. The fluid is going down and there is nice pink skin underneath. There has been no sign of any trouble so I have left it heal.
                    Andrew

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                      #11
                      Wished I knew how to upload pics, you should see what I did 10 days ago, this looks good. Mine still isn't looking that good yet and I've been to a doctor, they spent more time trying to figure out WHY I lit myself on fire rather than looking at it. She did say I do a good job of fixing myself, though.

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                        #12
                        I did call my local doc and the nurse said to keep the blister on and let it heal. If I tore the top off there would be nice new pink skin around the perimeter and the center would form a scab. The middle got a little more burned but heel skin is so thick it would need some serious char to get through. The middle part feels firm like normal skin under the blister, there is no crater. When should the flap be removed? Here's a better pic:
                        Andrew

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                          #13
                          I'm a layperson and that actually looks worse to me. That black color can be dark blood or something about to hit your blood stream. At least go to your PCP so they can decide after seeing it how best to treat any removal of skin or scab. And you might not have seen it but most of that thick heel skin disappears withing a few weeks of not walking. I had a navy blue air mattress in the acute care hospital and the nurses all noticed when the bottom of the bed was covered by dead skin every morning when they pulled back the sheet and blankets.
                          Last edited by Sue Pendleton; 27 Sep 2012, 11:33 AM. Reason: Adding a bit.
                          Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

                          Disclaimer: Answers, suggestions, and/or comments do not constitute medical advice expressed or implied and are based solely on my experiences as a SCI patient. Please consult your attending physician for medical advise and treatment. In the event of a medical emergency please call 911.

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                            #14
                            Is the picture on your computer? If it is just press the manage attachments button under the text window then browse to the pic and click upload. If you put the pix at a photo site they list the link to copy and paste under the picture.
                            Andrew

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                              #15
                              Heel pressure ulcer with blood filled blister? You need to keep everything off of it and go to your doctor.
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