Any Medical Professionals in the house?

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    Jun 13, 2009 6:44 AM GMT
    So, anyone with medical training, I'd appreciate some advice. I have a burn on the palm of my hand. It's not overly serious, it's just big. like, 3 inches long, and an inch wide. So it's a big sucker. It's completely blistered over and the doctors have told me to keep the blister in place, which I want to do. However, the thing is so big that the pressure from all the plasma is causing me pain. Is there any effective way in which I can partially drain the blister so that my hand is not constantly throbbing? And if so, how should I go about doing so?
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    Jun 13, 2009 2:11 PM GMT
    You have a second degree burn. Second degree burns are more painful than first or third degree burns. Second degree burns cause more nerve damage than first degree burns. In a third degree burn, the nerves are destroyed so the pain is less. The doctors told you not to break the blister for a reason. The biggest problem with burns is infection. As long as the blister is closed, bacteria cannot reach the burn surface. If you break the blister, bacteria will enter. If you do remove the fluid, the pain is still going to be there because the nerves have not yet healed. The fluid will eventually disappear. Prescription pain medications (such as acetaminophen with codeine or hydrodcodone) are used for burns. If the pain is that bad, you can ask for a prescription analgesic.

    Here is a good article on how to manage burns from the University of Maryland Medical Center
    http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/burns-000021.htm