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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Burn wound infection, hand burns, second degree (2nd) burns

Seven year old David had a minor burn over the middle finger while bursting crackers. A few blisters and some reddening of his skin did not worry his mom  who applied a local antibiotic cream and literally forgot about it. A few days later David developed fever and severe pain in the hand. It was then that they visited their doctor who told them that David had a burn wound infection. Luckily for David the infection was still localized to the hand. He was  admitted to the hospital and treated with intravenous antibiotics. A culture swab from the wound showed that the offending organism was Pseudomonas Aeruginosa. David went back to school after three weeks vowing never to play with firecrackers.

Minor burns can end in serious complication  if unattended in a proper manner. Often superficial burns end up as deep burns in course of time if neglected. As with any other wound a number of factors besides infection can also affect the burn wound  this


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