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    Is this burn infected???

    I burnt my leg on Wednesday and have been doing my best to treat it. However, I did have plans to go adapted water skiing so I did. Is this to the point that I need to see a doctor or can I keep putting that silver stuff on it?
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    Yes, it looks infected. Third degree burns like this should always be seen and treated by a physician immediately after they occur.

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      #3
      KLD that does not look like a 3rd degree burn to me at most it is a very bad 2nd degree burn. but yes each it does look a bit infected. i would at this point keep it covered with a triple antibiotic ointment and also see your primary doctor for further care.
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        #4
        2nd degree burns do not result in eschar like this. It is 3rd degree.

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          #5
          Oh Rachelle ... Next time open wound - no body of water, especially in this heat with brain-eating amoeba out there! Never know what's in there and your skin is your armour - take extra caution when there's a chink in that armour.

          ETA: The latest victim - http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/17/health...eating-amoeba/
          Last edited by lynnifer; 18 Aug 2016, 6:08 PM.
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            #6
            i will not go into any freshwater lakes or rivers with any open wound. MAny of the lakes i used to swim in, i am vary wary of due to previous ear infections /sinus infections after swimming in the waters. There are so many different waterborne disease, illness, parasites In My area of the northeast USA the Canada Geese have been nesting year round and overpopulating the lakefronts and riverbanks for 20 plus years with no action by the state. Their droppings have created real health hazards, very few of the lakes are tested for water quality for swimmers in NYS
            Even the ocean beaches are closed after heavy rainfalls due to the sewage plants opening the gates to prevent the plant from being flooded and Out of service for years to rebuild.
            you really need to be careful when going in the water and do your own safety check.
            Hoping that wound closes up so you can enjoy the summer
            cauda equina

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              #7
              silvidine covered by gel sheet and then telfa non stick pad, secured by silk tape
              change am/pm
              spray gently with wound cleanser spray when redressing
              do not allow direct spray in shower, will traumatize wound, keep dressing on in shower
              when done showering, remove, allow indirect water flow and gently soap suds
              keep it moist, not dry, very important
              air it out when changing a bit, after cleansing and reapplying silvidine
              it's serious stuff, you're looking probably 2 months or more

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                #8
                What kind of gel sheet? I've been putting silvidine on it and covering with a non stick pad. Leaving it open at night
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                  #9
                  And if this burn is indeed infected, home care as described is not enough, you need to see a wound care specialist to get the proper care. Why risk septicemia?

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                    #10
                    It should be covered 24/7.

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                      #11
                      If you want a limited scar, I'd see someone ... burns leave awful scars. I have at least three.

                      I find if the wound isn't on a part of my body at risk for pressure - or below my knees - I heal pretty well.
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                        #12
                        You do need to be seen for all of the above reasons.
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                          #13
                          Ok I will go in to see a doctor. The burn was 11 days ago. How will I know if it's septic. Like, wouldn't I feel sick. And let's say I can't be seen for a few days. Can I wait?

                          also, is it. A wound specialist I should be calling?
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                            #14
                            yes to both of your questions if you were septic you would have more symptoms general feeling ill and fever. and i would think a primary doctor could treat this however you could see a wound doctor as well.
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                              #15
                              spenco second skin worked well for me

                              buy a couple of boxes, cut to cover the wound plus overlap by about 1/2" all around.

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