Patient Comments: Burns (First Aid) - Experience

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Comment from: wanty, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 13

2 years ago at work, I knocked over a boiling cup of tea, the water went between the tongue of my safety boots and my trousers, resulting in the tongue actually welding itself to my leg. I managed to separate the skin from my boots and treated the lower part of my shin with lots of cold water, followed by lavender oil to re-hydrate the area. I went to the hospital who dressed the wound and two weeks later I went to the doctors who gave me a surgical sock to put on and some cream to rub in, after about a year I went to see my doctor because the horrific scar was still itching and my foot is still swollen. My doctor said that this was because I was overweight. I know I am overweight, but that does not do anything to heal my scar which currently is a mixture of dark brown scabs, dark purple skin, and around 5 inch long by three wide, any ideas how to treat this please, other than just saying you are fat like all doctors seem to say, never mind the burn.

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Comment from: TNmom, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 25

A week ago I had brain surgery. The NICU nurse was administering potassium through my IV. It burned my forearm. There are two spots, each about an inch large which are black. It has been almost two weeks. I'm not seeing any improvement after the black scab formed. They didn't tell me anything to do for this. The surgery was performed in another state. The wound is pinkish/red all around the scabbed areas.

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Comment from: angrymom, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 21

I had my hair done a few months ago. The hairdresser used 40% peroxide with bleach and placed it directly on my scalp. I ended up getting a second degree burn all over my scalp with symptoms lasting about three weeks. The hair dresser told me that it was because my head was sensitive. I later found out that it is illegal to apply 40% peroxide to scalp. My head is now very sensitive and never was before.

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Comment from: Frigglet, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 21

I poured scalding hot gravy on the palm of my hand.

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Comment from: blueseyes1973, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 20

In 2002 I was at a baby shower and suffered two seizures. I came home and took a nap. When I got up in the late afternoon, my kids were there alone watching me. My husband had taken my son golfing. I got up and started to fix my two daughters some fries. I suffered another seizure and the deep fryer fell on top of me. My girls yelled out the window for help, but nobody wanted to help. Then someone came into our apartment, tore off my clothes, wrapped me up in blankets, and called 911. I was taken to the hospital, and later flown to a larger burn center. I was told that I was lucky to be alive – I had 2nd- and 3rd-degree burns on the right ride of the body. I received a skin graft. Less than a year later, my husband passed away.

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Comment from: schmoopee, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 12

I had pork in a smoker and at the 10 hour interval opened the smoker to add water to the pan. The water pan adhered to the smoker and the hot water that laid on the electric element poured over my foot. After about 1 hour my foot had blisters that were about 2 inches in diameter and 2 inches high. After putting it in cold water and treating it with bacitracin and bandages, I've kept it from bacteria but it seems to keep getting infected. The blisters have broken and keep reappearing. This burn is so painful.

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Comment from: Dana, 55-64 Female Published: August 22

I burned the inside of my forearm with a HOT curling iron about 3 weeks ago, have been using silvadene cream and a bandage 3/4ths of the time, trying to leave it open as much as possible. I work for a doctor and he feels like it is a 3rd degree burn. It is healing but is in a hard place to protect.

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Comment from: careless, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 09

I have a third degree burn on my thumb. I was cooking fried green tomatoes and let the oil get too hot before adding the tomatoes. :(

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