Causes And Ways To Deal With Watery Swelling In Burns?

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Good afternoon. The burns on my arm have dried up, but when I try to cleanse it by exfoliating my dry skin, it will appear swollen with water but not itchy. Because of the watery swelling, I have postponed buying an ointment for scar removal because sometimes it suddenly appears. What should I do? Is the watery swelling due to an infection or because my burn has not completely dried? thanks.

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Hello. Thank you for the question submitted to HealthReplies.com. We can understand the concern you feel.


When did you experience the burn first? Burns are damage to the layers of the skin due to exposure to hot objects, including fire, hot water, hot steam, electricity, and chemicals (such as strong acids). Swelling accompanied by the emergence of fluid-filled bubbles such as water (bull) in burns is a finding that usually characterizes a shallower second-degree burn. The fluid usually comes from blood plasma permeation, but can also be pus when infected, or contain blood. Nevertheless, this still needs to be evaluated through direct physical examination by a doctor. Therefore, you are advised to check the patient directly to the doctor or plastic surgeon.


According to the depth of the affected skin layer, area of ​​the body, location, and abnormalities / disorders that accompany, the severity of burns can be grouped as follows:

First degree burns, a characteristic in the form of limited damage to the outermost layer of the skin (epidermis), appear red, painful, and there is no impaired blood circulation; the best prognosis for recovery compared to other degrees
Degree 2, the characteristics of damage that reaches the deeper layers of the skin (dermis), there is a disruption of blood circulation when the damage is deeper, pain is more minimal when the damage is deeper; if skin damage is at a shallower level, bullae can be found
Degree 3, a characteristic in the form of damage involving the entire layer of the skin, can even reach the layer of fat under the skin, causing blood circulation disorders, skin nerves are usually damaged so that there is no pain

The doctor needs to do anamnesis and physical examination to assess whether there are signs of emergency that need to be addressed immediately, for example: dehydration and shock. Furthermore, doctors also need to assess whether there are indications of the need for inpatients in hospitals or can be treated outpatient. Treatment of burns will be adjusted to the results of the assessment of wound conditions and indications found, for example: removal of scar tissue, administration of antibiotics, or skin grafting as a follow-up effort.


During the healing process, you are advised not to use any traditional products or medicines that are not supported by valid scientific evidence regarding their benefits and safety, including toothpaste or certain leaves. This is precisely the risk of causing infections that can inhibit the wound healing process. You are also advised to keep the burn condition clean and dry enough, use a topical ointment / cream given by the doctor (if any), and do wound care as directed by your doctor. To help reduce pain in the wound, you can use paracetamol at a dosage following the rules of use on the drug packaging or as recommended by your doctor.


To enrich insight, you can read articles about burns. Thus information from us. Hopefully always healthy. May be useful.

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