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Discussion in 'Self Harm & Substance Abuse' started by LotusFlower, Apr 21, 2010.

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  1. LotusFlower

    LotusFlower Antiquities Friend

    How do you know if a third degree burn is infected?
     
  2. absolution

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  3. Petal

    Petal SF dreamer Staff Alumni SF Supporter

    Hi hun, I've been searching and this is the best I have found,I hope it helps!

    Third-Degree Burns
    Third-degree burns are the most serious type of burn and involve all the layers of the skin and underlying tissue:

    Signs and symptoms: The surface appears dry and can look waxy white, leathery, brown, or charred. There may be little or no pain or the area may feel numb at first because of nerve damage.
    Healing time: Healing time depends on the severity of the burn. Deep second- and third-degree burns (called full-thickness burns) will likely need to be treated with skin grafts, in which healthy skin is taken from another part of the body and surgically placed over the burn wound to help the area heal.

    What to Do
    Seek Medical Help Immediately When:

    You think your child has a second- or third-degree burn.
    The burned area is large (2-3 inches in diameter), even if it seems like a minor burn. For any burn that appears to cover more than 10% of the body, call for medical assistance. And don't use wet compresses or ice because they can cause the child's body temperature to drop. Instead, cover the area with a clean, soft cloth or towel.
    The burn comes from a fire, an electrical wire or socket, or chemicals.
    The burn is on the face, scalp, hands, joint surfaces, or genitals.
    The burn looks infected (with swelling, pus, increasing redness, or red streaking of the skin near the wound).

    Source: http://kidshealth.org/parent/firstaid_safe/emergencies/burns.html#
     
  4. LotusFlower

    LotusFlower Antiquities Friend

    Thank you. I don't know why I just didn't do that. It has been one of those days that I have been crying all day and not thinking clearly.

    Besides cutting myself I burn myself quite severly 2nd or 3rd degree.The more upset and out of control and angery at myself I get. The worse I burn myself or cut. And this last week has been hell. Today was hell. I just don't know how to cope anymore. I don't normally do anything with my burns or cuts don't clean the or anything so I guess I am not very carefull. I am scared quite severly on my arms legs and breasts. I don't think it is infected yet.
    Thanks again
     
  5. LotusFlower

    LotusFlower Antiquities Friend

    This is what they look like. But I would never ever go to a dr about them.
     
  6. absolution

    absolution Forum Buddy

    :hug: again..if you need someone to talk to i is here :D
     
  7. LotusFlower

    LotusFlower Antiquities Friend

    I went and had my burn looked at at the after hours clinic I was so embarssed to go because I have many burns on the underside of my arm and many cuts on the top side. The Dr. looked at it and said that it was a third degree burn to put cream like polysporne on it to keep it most and keep it covered. He said it didn't look infected yet but was suprised it was so bad. He was a young dr that helped alot. I find older ones seem to think you are trying to kill yourself. He looked at the rest of my arm and said that I should be taking better care of my wounds. And that if my burn got anyworse I was to come back. Then he asked me if I was okay. Or if I needed to talk. I said no. He then asked if I needed anyother wounds looked at. Thinking my other arm I said no. Then before he left he told me if I ever needed to talk to come back anytime. OR if I ever needed another wound looked at to come back, and not to wait until I thought it was infected. I swear he was the niecest dr. I have ever seen for self harm injuries. Plus when I pulled my seleve back he didn't pull away or look digusted at me.
     
  8. Remedy

    Remedy Chat & Forum Buddy

    Glad that you went to see someone and that it went well. :hug:
     
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