Working out with a 2nd degree burn

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    Oct 19, 2011 1:20 PM GMT
    I recently burned the living shit out of my leg on a motorcycle muffler. I guess jumping on a bike with a rando while I am drunk at Pride was bound to end badly.

    Anyways, it is pretty damn bad. It became one big ass bubble, which eventually popped and got opened up. I know, delicious. So I want to hit up the gym again since I haven't been in weeks. I am afraid about infections though, mainly staph. If I keep it covered in burn pads and wrapped in tape, do I need to worry? Or should I stay out of the gym until it heals?
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    Oct 19, 2011 2:13 PM GMT
    Like everything you do with a burn you need to worry about infection. I have far too much experience with severe burns (all self inflicted in one way or another.) If it is fresh try to get to the doctor for a RX. It used to be an ointment called flamazine cream that they would give you (things may have changed / improved since then). Basically, it coats the open burn and provides an extra barrier to infection. If memory serves, you had to discontinue use eventually because it didn't really promote full healing- but both times with major burns (once to a good % of my body) it kept infection away.

    I'm not a doctor, but I did stay at a holiday inn and have some first hand experience. Be careful, keep it clean and protected and there is very little that you can't do while you heal... Keep an eye on it and if it is deep do get somebody to look at it. The burn on my arm (only 2 inches X 1.5) was deep. After a month it was still oozing so I finally went to the Dr and it turned out that it needed a skin graft. I was lucky to avoid infection as I had left it open and completely unprotected. They had to cut out the part that had already healed to get the graft to "take." Just because it is a small area does not mean that it can't be bloody deep.
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    Oct 19, 2011 8:51 PM GMT
    I am neurotic when it comes to health issues.

    I'd probably stay out of the gym until that heals. I always think worst case scenario....you go to gym, get staph, amputated leg....

    Just do some workouts at home....probably will not be as effective....but it is better than having no leg ;).

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    Oct 20, 2011 2:25 AM GMT
    Thanks for the advice guys!

    Luckily my burn isn't deep. It isn't really technically open. But at the part that I assume got burnt worse, the top layer of skin came off so it isn't pretty.

    I have been using antibacterial ointment and luckily no infections yet (been about 1 1/2 weeks).

    I guess I might give it until Monday to head back to the gym. Gosh I just got over strep which kept me out for a week, then I get this burn. No fun!
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    Oct 20, 2011 2:31 AM GMT
    Can you also put a towel on anything you are sitting or lying on? If you are oozing in any way, then you should try to prevent exposing other people as well as preventing getting infected yourself.
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    Oct 20, 2011 10:27 AM GMT
    KSUOWL said
    I guess I might give it until Monday to head back to the gym. Gosh I just got over strep which kept me out for a week, then I get this burn. No fun!


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    Oct 20, 2011 11:48 AM GMT
    I'd wait longer as it sounds like you still have some healing to do. You don't want to rush it and get an infection which could in turn keep you out of the gym much longer.

    Discuss it with your doctor next time (I presume you'd be going back soon) you see him/her.