MICHAEL ENGLISH, CUSTOM MEDICAL STOCK PHOTO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY MICHAEL ENGLISH, CUSTOM MEDICAL STOCK PHOTO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Burn on foot. View of a second degree burn on the sole of a foot. Second degree burns affect the epidermis (upper) and the dermis (lower) layers of the skin, here causing a blister. There is no underlying tissue damage, although scarring may still occur. Burns reduce the skin's defence against airborne bacteria and so infections on burn sites are a major concern. Burns are generally dressed with an antibacterial dressing or left exposed to heal naturally in a sterile environment.
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