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I recently got burned by an oven rack while trying to get something out of the oven, it was set at 375 degrees, what degree of burn is that?

Asked by ninjakitty101 (34points) March 29th, 2010

k, sooo I was making something and while i was trying to get it out of the oven, my arm let up and hit the oven rack above it and, well, it got burned pretty bad. It was on there a good 500 milliseconds(half a second) it doesn’t seem like long, but TRUST ME it hurt. So, it has gotten a little swollen and has been red for awhile, it also has sort of scabbed over, but a soft scab. I wanna know: what degree of burn is it? I mean, it seems to bi and painful, AND itchy to be 1st, but not sure if its bad enough to be considered 2nd. I burnt it last Wed. and it still looks pretty bad(if not worse)

Thanks for any help(srry it was so long:P)

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escapedone7's avatar

It depends on your skin, not the oven. Are there blisters? Is the skin in tact?

mrrich724's avatar

The degree of the injury isn’t directly related to how hot the item was, but more to do with the outcome. Do you have a blister? Is the skin broken? What was the outcome of the injury?

Cruiser's avatar

It all depends on the duration of exposure to the heat and damage you incurred to the skin. Do you have redness, blisters or charred skin??

ubersiren's avatar

If it’s 2nd, your skin would be blistering or peeling off. The actual oven temp doesn’t have as much to do with it as how long your skin was in contact.

ninjakitty101's avatar

yes, the skin is intact, there are slight blisters, the skin is slighty very smooth , and by the way, the oven was at 375

ninjakitty101's avatar

in some areas it is very smooth*

WestRiverrat's avatar

Generally to be considered a second degree burn it has to blister. If it is red for more than 2 days or the red spreads, go see a health care professional. It could be infected.

ninjakitty101's avatar

it has been red, for a while, and i’m not sure if its infected, i’ve been putting polysporin on it.

SeventhSense's avatar

My brother spilled an entire large urn of coffee onto his near naked body as a boy. That was 2 and third degree burns. He was given whirlpool baths every day and forced to lie naked on a bed for weeks with lotion on him.
I once removed an iron pan from the oven using an oven mitt and put it on the stove stop. Seconds later completely oblivious I forgot and grabbed the metal handle of the pan and lifted it. That was a serious burn and it sucked because it was on my palm. But still lots of ice and a handful of blisters, later it was cleared up in a few weeks. Just keep it covered and well moisturized with Bacitracin or Vaseline. You’ll live.

Pretty_Lilly's avatar

Chances are it is a second degree burn ! 1st degree it is just a little annoying similar to a bad sunburn,,,3rd: you’ll have both eyes in the same eye socket from the pain !

jaytkay's avatar

@SeventhSense I once removed an iron pan from the oven using an oven mitt and put it on the stove stop. Seconds later completely oblivious I forgot and grabbed the metal handle of the pan and lifted it.

I did that a while ago, baking corn bread in a cast iron skillet. The recipe actually said “Caution: skillet will be hot do not touch it with a bare hand.” And I thought, “What kind of dumbass needs a recipe to tell them that?”

Moments later, my question was answered.

Rarebear's avatar

Second degree burn has blisters. You probably have a second degree burn.

dpworkin's avatar

Note – dousing in a flow of cool water as quickly as you can is most usually indicated for a burn like yours. Not lotions.

davidbetterman's avatar

I agree with @dpworkin… Ice or cold water immediately…Don’t use lotions or butter or margarine…

snowberry's avatar

First degree burn is redness. Second degree has blisters. Third degree means the skin is burned, as in cooked, or turned black. Edit: Second degree burns heal without scarring unless they pop and become infected. Then they can scar. Third degree burns always have scarring. With any burn, put ice on immediately.

filmfann's avatar

Next time, stick an oven thermometer up your ass, to make sure you are properly cooked.

RandomMrdan's avatar

it’s probably 2nd degree burns, unless you are charred and burned to your bone.

SeventhSense's avatar

Yes most importantly immediately you flush with water and ice etc. When my brother was burned my mother was smart enough to throw him immediately in the tub with ice water and wrapped him in wet sheets on the way to the hospital. Almost scared him to death but the Doctors say it is what saved his skin. Today he only has a small scar as a result of her quick thinking
But with minor burns as the skin is healing and the surface is dead in certain spots it has the tendency to dry out and become cracked if not kept moist. As was the case with my burned hand as I opened and closed my hand constantly, the skin was cracked and dry so I had to keep it moisturized. It was very painful in the healing itself. Vaseline and bacitracin are shown to be helpful for minor burns during the healing process.
”....our research has proved that the product supports the healthy healing of minor burns as it protects the damaged area from bacteria while not interfering with the healing process
British Medical Journal

RandomMrdan's avatar

@SeventhSense aren’t you suppose to use room temperature water to sooth a burn? As you’d be going from one extreme to another causing more damage using ice water?

jaytkay's avatar

@RandomMrdan The Mayo Clinic agrees with you.

Burns: First

“For minor burns, including first-degree burns and second-degree burns limited to an area no larger than 3 inches (7.6 centimeters) in diameter, take the following action:

* Cool the burn. Hold the burned area under cool (not cold) running water for 10 or 15 minutes or until the pain subsides. If this is impractical, immerse the burn in cool water or cool it with cold compresses. Cooling the burn reduces swelling by conducting heat away from the skin. Don’t put ice on the burn.
* Cover the burn with a sterile gauze bandage. Don’t use fluffy cotton, or other material that may get lint in the wound. Wrap the gauze loosely to avoid putting pressure on burned skin. Bandaging keeps air off the burn, reduces pain and protects blistered skin.
* Take an over-the-counter pain reliever. These include aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), naproxen (Aleve) or acetaminophen (Tylenol, others). Use caution when giving aspirin to children or teenagers. Though aspirin is approved for use in children older than age 2, children and teenagers recovering from chickenpox or flu-like symptoms should never take aspirin. Talk to your doctor if you have concerns.

Minor burns usually heal without further treatment. They may heal with pigment changes, meaning the healed area may be a different color from the surrounding skin. Watch for signs of infection, such as increased pain, redness, fever, swelling or oozing. If infection develops, seek medical help. Avoid re-injuring or tanning if the burns are less than a year old — doing so may cause more extensive pigmentation changes. Use sunscreen on the area for at least a year.


* Don’t use ice. Putting ice directly on a burn can cause a burn victim’s body to become too cold and cause further damage to the wound.
* Don’t apply butter or ointments to the burn. This could cause infection.
* Don’t break blisters. Broken blisters are more vulnerable to infection.”

SeventhSense's avatar

It worked for him.

RandomMrdan's avatar

@seventhsense I wasn’t saying it didn’t work, simply stating what should be done in the case of burns.

SeventhSense's avatar

Maybe because of the amount of water in the tub it didn’t become completely frigid. There’s only so much ice in the fridge.

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