A second-degree burn is a burn that not only affects the outer layer of the skin, but the second layer of skin as well. The second layer of skin is called the dermis and it is full of nerves and blood vessels. A second-degree burn often develops blisters at the burn site that are full of watery fluid from the tissue that has been destroyed by the burn. A burn blister on your finger should be allowed to resolve on its own and protected from further damage.
Recognize the signs of a burn blister. Several hours after the burn injury, it will appear on the burn site, full of fluid. It may also be painful to the touch and red.
Apply burn cream to the burn site to speed up the healing process. Aloe vera can also be useful in reducing the healing time of your second-degree burn.
Avoid popping your burn blister. Allowing it to resolve on its own will help the skin beneath it heal. Do not bandage it either, as that will put unhealthy pressure on the burn blister and may cause it to burst.
Monitor you burn blister for signs of infection. If you notice oozing pus, increased pain or greenish brown fluid coming from your burn blister, it may be infected. See your doctor immediately for treatment to avoid further complications. You should also see your doctor if your second-degree burn does not heal within three weeks because it can also be a sign of complications.