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Second-degree Burn

General Information

A second-degree burn affects the top two layers of the skin – the epidermis and dermis. Flames, chemicals, electrical shock and radiation can cause second-degree burns. These types of burns often require professional medical care to check for internal damage and prevent complications. If you have symptoms of a second-degree burn, visit Urgent Care Goshen Physicians for quality walk-in treatment or call (574) 535-1700 to schedule an appointment.

Our urgent care team is here seven days a week to provide care for you and your family. For severe burns, visit the nearest emergency room.

Symptoms of a second-degree burn

The signs and symptoms of a second-degree burn differ depending on the depth of the burn. Superficial partial-thickness burns cause blisters with red, swollen skin.

Deep partial-thickness burns are waxy and appear white rather than red. They usually scar and take several months to heal. You may also notice decreased sensation after the injury heals.

Preventing and treating second-degree burns

The size and location of a second-degree burn determine the type of treatment needed. Sometimes, you can care for a minor burn, such as a first-degree burn, at home by applying cool water and aloe gel. You should go to the emergency room if the burn is deep, covers a large area or affects the face, groin, hands or feet.

When you come to our urgent care, our team can assess your burn to determine the best treatment, which may include antibiotic ointment and dressings. If you need advanced burn treatment, we can refer you to a wound specialist.

You can prevent and help protect children from second-degree burns by:

  • Setting the maximum temperature on water heaters to 120 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Keeping pots and pans on the back burners of the stove
  • Turning handles inward on cookware
  • Keeping chemicals out of reach of children
  • Childproofing electrical sockets

For second-degree burn care, turn to Goshen Health for acute and primary care after a burn injury.

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