You may already be aware that second degree burns are more severe than first degree ones, but would you know the difference? Whereas first degree burns are red and can peel as they heal, second degree burns exhibit blistering due to the more severe nature of the burns. The more serious the burn the more pronounced the blistering is likely to be.
This type of burn can happen through sunbathing if you are out in the sun for long enough. It might also occur through burning yourself on an oven if you are in contact with it for a short period of time. Excessive heat and contact will lead to a burn that goes deeper than the top skin layer.
Does this type of burn require skin grafting?
It may do in more serious cases, yes. However, most second degree burns will heal on their own. You may need to take painkillers for a while until the most severe pain passes, and you may wish to see your GP if the burn is over a significant area or is in a place that causes more pain or discomfort.
You may also wish to consider how the burn happened in the first place. Some burns occur through your own negligence, such as by sitting out in the sun too long when you know you shouldn’t do so. However, if someone wasn’t looking where they were going and they spilt a drink on you, this would be their fault.
How long does it take to recover from these burns?
It will take longer to recover from such burns than it would if you had first degree burns. However, you should find the damage is healed within around three weeks. It is dependent on the severity of the blistering as to how long it will take. It is important to keep the skin free of coverings and to use antibiotic cream if you are prescribed it by your GP.
In any event you may wish to contact Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 if you have suffered burns of this type within the last three years. If we determine someone else was at fault for causing them there could be a good argument to make for compensation. Why not call us today on our free 24/7 enquiry line? It’s the best way to get in touch with us.
Date Published: June 18, 2015
Author: David Brown