A second-degree burn is a burn that not only affects the outer layer of the skin, but the second layer of skin as well. The second layer of skin is called the dermis and it is full of nerves and blood vessels. A second-degree burn often develops blisters at the burn site that are full of watery fluid from the tissue that has been destroyed by the burn. A burn blister on your finger should be allowed to resolve on its own and protected from further damage.
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Recognise the signs of a burn blister. Several hours after the burn injury, it will appear on the burn site, full of fluid. It may also be painful to the touch and red.
Apply burn cream to the burn site to speed up the healing process. Aloe vera can also be useful in reducing the healing time of your second-degree burn.
Avoid popping your burn blister. Allowing it to resolve on its own will help the skin beneath it heal. Do not bandage it either, as that will put unhealthy pressure on the burn blister and may cause it to burst.
Monitor you burn blister for signs of infection. If you notice oozing pus, increased pain or greenish brown fluid coming from your burn blister, it may be infected. See your doctor immediately for treatment to avoid further complications. You should also see your doctor if your second-degree burn does not heal within three weeks because it can also be a sign of complications.
Tips and warnings
- A burn blister should not be bandaged normally but people who work with their hands frequently may feel more comfortable having the burn blister covered. For example, a chef may not want to have a burn blister rupture while he is working because it may be unsanitary. A moleskin bandage may be used on a burn blister if necessary. The moleskin rises up from skin and prevents pressure from being put on the burn blister.
- A burn blister from a second-degree burn on your finger can be very inconvenient to everyday activities. If it gets to be too hard for you to work around the burn blister, do not pop it yourself. See your doctor for help. He can pop the blister in a sterile environment with minimal pain or risk of infection.
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