The hands are one of the most frequently burned areas on the body. Whether in home cooking accidents or through on-the-job accidents, hands often seem to be in harm’s way. Even relatively limited and supererficial burns can become infected if not properly managed.
Any burn that causes the development of a “blister” is classified as at least a second-degree burn and may require specialty care. Second and deeper third degree burns create devitalized tissue that needs to be properly cleaned away from the wound to prevent secondary infections.
Burns that are cared for early and properly usually heal uneventfully with minimal chance of infection and the need for more advanced treatment or reconstructive procedures such as skin grafts.