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So i burned myself pretty nasty when my girl and i were makin sopapillas. We had a pot full of boiling cooking oil and a cup of water near by spilled in when my arm was right near it and splashed all over my right hand up to upper forearm. So far its healing well and i cant use any other ointments till after the doc tells me but my question is what can i use for minimal scaring and how long until i can start getting the normal color back in my arm. Im naturaly tanned. Ill attache a before and after pic.

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The skin is growing back well and the pain for the most part has subsided but i want my arm to look somewhat normal again. right now im putting a cream called silver sulfaiateoaijh.. i cant remember how to spell it. lol. and wrapping it but i have a follow up this week. I heard aloe is good for healing.

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Aloe is good for when it's healing.. once it has healed up get some mederma (it's a bit expensive, $15 for a small tube but it lasts for awhile and is amazing to help lighten and reduce scars.) as for getting the color back, that part of your arm will always be lighter than the rest of you, overtime you wont' be able to tell as much but unless you wrap the rest of your body up and just tan that part it will be uneven.

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My pops knew a dermatologist who prescribed him a sort of topical steroid that basically annihilated any kind of skin trauma it came accross. Don't recall the name. I used it on some pretty hideous, stigmata type wounds on the palms of my hands - they have healed without a mark. My Mom had the same thing happen to her that happened to you and has had her forearms heal up nice and natural like, though that took almost a decade. That said, a burn I've got on my arm still hasn't cleared up, and this is after three or so years...

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I know Aloe is VERY good for healing burns specially. I'm just not sure if it's ok for you to use right now. Consult with the doctor if you can. It's supposed to be good for when scars are healing.

And yes, I've heard good stuff about mederma for scars. But just consult with your doctor before putting anything on it, while it heels. And you probably know but still: with burns or any scars always stay out of the sun. When healing, and you go in the sun, hyperpigmentation (more darkening) occurs and it'll take longer/forever for the scar to fade gradually.

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As said, infection is a risk, keep it clean and covered but also allow it some air and sun - this helps with the healing so I've been told for my own healing.

 

I hope it heals quick and speedy with no complications, sorry this happened to you - be careful in the future, aye? x

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Vitamin E should work OK. Silver nitrate, or some derivitative, is probably what you are using. Use as directed, and that should help as well. Make sure you keep the area out of the sun as much as you can, that should help to minimize scarring.

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Be very careful not to apply anything that the doctor doesn't recommend at this point due to the risk of infection. The doctor will have the best advice on healing. Do NOT use steroids unless you consult a doctor because they lower your resistance to infection. Other creams/vitamin E may not be sterile and could introduce infection, so don't put anything on other than what the doctor gives you.

 

As a rule, i think that 2nd degree burns don't scar the way 3rd degree burns do, so you should be fine in a few months after sufficient healing has taken place.

 

You could also consult a dermatologist or plastic surgeon for the correct treatment to prevent scarring.

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btw, it looks like it is healing very cleanly and nicely by the second picture you have. I'd just keep up what you're doing, and ask the doctor when you go back in if there is anything he can give you to help prevent scarring, or a referral to a plastic surgeon or dermatologist or burn specialist to get information on that.

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This was three weeks ago so yeah it feels alot better and i can actually get it wet with soap in the shower and it doesnt hurt anymore. Lately ive noticed all these little mildly white bumps on the burn area. I look closer and see hair folicles growing out of them. Is this just little bumps that the hair is growing out of? There is now pain or odd colors so im pretty positive its not infection.

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what a coincidence I just burned hand pretty badly the other catching a pan that i was taking out of the oven (damn reflexes). I think with a lot of 2nd degree, you should be okay and not get too much scarring.

 

The Silvadene Cream (1% silver sulfadiazine) is awesome to treat it with initially, after that it should be a matter of waiting for the skin underneath to replace the dead layer.

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