Gelsey (gelsey) wrote in little_details,

Branding a hand

I've tried researching this on Google and such, using terms such as: branding, branding of hands, burns on hands, etc. I can't seem to find out exactly what I need to know for my story.

It's a fantasy story that does have magic and is set in a relatively progressive medieval type kingdom. HOwever, most of that doesn't affect what I'm looking for.

My character was captured many years ago on the pretense of being a traitor to the crown. She was branded on one hand before she was thrown into prison. Before her release ten years later, she was branded again on the other hand.

I want to know how severe the burn would have been on the thinner and more sensitive skin of the hand, what type of long term damage such a branding would have on her (would mobility be affected? Circulation?)? Would it be better to brand the back of her hand or the palm?

I'd also like to know the level of pain she'd be experiencing in the days and weeks after being branded and how little to no care would affect the healing process.

I'd really appreciate any help that anyone could give me. Thanks in advance, and feel free to ask any questions you feel you need to.
Tags: ~medicine: burns & smoke inhalation, ~medicine: historical

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