Post # 1
Last Friday I burnt myself in the early morning on my left wrist/hand while trying to pour boiling water for tea. My sweater held it on my skin before I was able to pull the sleeve up and I suffered escond degree burns on my wrist and what I think are first degree burns on my hand. I have read that it can take months to heal and unfortuantely the large blister I had popped yesterday after I had been babying it.
My wedding is in 3 months and it is NOT pretty. Any suggestions for speeding the healing process? I have used Silvadene and keep them covered during the day. My physician is aware but only wanted me to use the silvadene for 3 days since I’m allergic to sulfa.
I’m not trying to usurp my doctors advice just looking for second opinions. I can post a pic if it helps.
Post # 2
For bad burns, I’ve always used aloe while it’s healing, and then a scar cream over it (mederma, vitamin e oil, something like that) to lessen the appearance.
I don’t want to scare you, but I had a pretty bad burn on my forearm (from an oven rack) and it’s still visible. It’s not scary looking or anything, but it’s slightly pinker than anything else. If yours is still visible by the time your wedding comes around, I’m sure your make-up artist can cover it!
Post # 3
- Wedding: June 2010 - Christmas Tree Farm
I had second degree burns covering almost 50% of my body in June, and they mostly healed in about two months. By three months my skin was almost completely back to normal. I swelled up badly enough to need a dose of steroids, which helped quicken the healing process a bit, but once you get past the first few days (when you have the highest risk of infection if you don’t follow the doctor’s orders) you can also try OTC ointments like Aquafor to help the healing process.
I still have a little bit of scaring, but it’s only noticeable to me. By three months out, my guess would be that if you aren’t completely healed, you should at least be healed enough to cover any marks with makeup.
Post # 4
I had bad second degree burns on my left hand back in December 2005. The doctors put this fake skin stuff on there to help the new skin grow back and I had to wear a burn glove for a month.
Three months out, my hand looked decent. I think the skin was somewhat pinkish but it wasn’t too, too noticable.
I don’t think your injury was as severe so I wouldn’t be too worried if I were you. And I would not go against your doctor’s advice.
Post # 5
springbride23: I poured a pot of boiling water over one of my fingers a while back & got a huge horrible looking blister. I used aloe and it cleared up within 2-3 months but when I get really cold the area turns red & you can see the damaged skin again. I did something similar again recently on a different area and immediatly put honey on it and it never even blistered up and the honey takes away some of the pain associated with it. So I’d use honey, not aloe, and once it’s all healed up maybe some mederma or coco butter with vitamin E to speed up the repair…