first aid


Question by  worker7772 (16)

How do you treat a second degree burn?


Answer by  babalu (177)

It depends on how big the burn is. If it is less than a few inches, treat it as you would a first degree burn. If bigger, seek medical care.


Answer by  FormerBoyScout (21)

Immerse the burn in cool water, dry with a clean towel, and wrap in a sterile (or as clean as you can get) bandage. DO NOT POP THE BLISTERS, as this can lead to an infection. Don't apply ointments or chemicals, this can do more harm than good.


Answer by  TMATM (499)

If no blisters are present, removed clothes from the burn area and put the burn under cool running water, or apply a cold wet towel. Don't use ice or ice water, and don't use butter as it contains salt. If blisters are present, don't break them, just leave clothes on, apply dry gauze and go see a doctor.


Answer by  jamieellison (1637)

Second degree burns have redness and blistering. A cool compress or water should be immediately applied to the area to stop the burning. The second degree burn should be evaluated by a physician. They have the expertise to decide whether the blister needs to be drained. Often, these blisters will not be drained as they give some protection from infection.


Answer by  Tracy15 (821)

The best thing to do is apply a sterile dressing or burn sheet. Treat for shock if necessary. Transport to hospital as soon as possible.

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