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Old 07-11-2009, 09:49 PM
 
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Default Rate of recovery second/third degree burn?

I burnt my leg on my motorcycle's engine about two months ago. The affected area was about the size of my palm. Within a week, my skin became leather like. By week three the scab started to come off. Week five the surface was just discolored. It appeared as though the burn would be gone very soon. It is now week 10 and there is still a large (about half the size) area that is still red. My question is "how long will it take for the skin to return to its normal color?" I'll see if I can get a photo on here. Thanks, in advance, for any help.
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Old 07-12-2009, 05:12 AM
 
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It might never be normal. Third degree burns are full thickness burns and remove all the elements of normal skin.
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Old 07-12-2009, 02:32 PM
 
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Close to 30 yrs later, I still have some pink/white spots where I had 3rd degree burns on my hand. Not usually noticeable to another except when I get in the sun or if it's really cold outside, The spots don't change color like the rest of my skin.
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Old 07-12-2009, 09:19 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Third degree burns really don't heal back to their previous conditions without a graft.

Seconds can, even some severe ones. If you have feeling in the area and hair still growing, you have a good chance...though it will take a bit. I've had a nasty one on my finger, I touched a broiler element, but it's healed back to it's previous condition. It took about 3 months, and during the first 2 weeks it hurt like hell and wept all sorts of stuff (under supervision, I work at a medical center). Keeping it clean, covered, and neosporen (which contains lower amounts of the stuff we use in the burn ward) does wonders.
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Old 07-13-2009, 04:28 PM
 
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I burnt my leg on my motorcycle's engine about two months ago. The affected area was about the size of my palm. Within a week, my skin became leather like. By week three the scab started to come off. Week five the surface was just discolored. It appeared as though the burn would be gone very soon. It is now week 10 and there is still a large (about half the size) area that is still red. My question is "how long will it take for the skin to return to its normal color?" I'll see if I can get a photo on here. Thanks, in advance, for any help.
I have a 5 year old burn you can still see the different color.
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Old 01-21-2010, 06:07 PM
 
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Default second degree burn

My poor 1 yr. old sufferred a 2nd degree burn to his palms and forhead 2 weeks ago. His hands are wrapped and his face has begun healing. No scab and is pink in color, the size of a 1/2 dollar. I'm worried about scarring. any suggestions? Putting vasoline on the burned area and we know to keep him out of the sun. Also wondering how long his hands may have to be wrapped for.

On a seperate not I sufferred a bad burn to my calf from the tailpipe of a motorcycle about 10 years ago. I have NO scar. Don't allow sunlight on the area for a couple of years. Apply vitamin e to the area when you can.
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Old 01-22-2010, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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I had 2nd and 3rd degree burns on my foot from burning bacon grease - a nurse at the burn specialists' told me to take lots of Vitamin C - I also had one of those custom stockings to prevent the formation of excess scar tissue - I took C, used the Silvadene (sp?) and the day I was to be evaluated for a graft I didn't need one. Can't even see where it happened, even after being in the sun.

On another note- have we all gotten burns from tailpipes of motorcycles/dirt bikes, etc.? LOL (Had one of those also, looked kinda of like a flag)
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Old 01-23-2010, 09:53 AM
 
Location: East Coast
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My poor 1 yr. old sufferred a 2nd degree burn to his palms and forhead 2 weeks ago. His hands are wrapped and his face has begun healing. No scab and is pink in color, the size of a 1/2 dollar. I'm worried about scarring. any suggestions? Putting vasoline on the burned area and we know to keep him out of the sun. Also wondering how long his hands may have to be wrapped for.
Did you take your son to a doctor? I think these are questions you should be asking a medical professional.

I was under the impression that you should never put butter, oil or Vaseline on a burn. Did your doctor tell you to do this?
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Old 08-08-2013, 07:08 PM
 
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I have a 2nd degree burn on the top of my foot its been a week and see no improvement when i lay down everything is fine but when i get up its a rush gouing down my foot that hurts so bad im on antibiotics. And currently putting an ointment that contains penicillin as well i have really big blisters.. Im worried.. My foot is super swollen i went to a doctor already but to all those people that suffer from major burns or any time of burn my prayers go out.. Its a very bad feeling.
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