What is a burn injury?
Burns are injuries to the skin that are the result of exposure to flame, heat, cold, electricity, chemicals, or radiation. The bigger the burn, the more serious it can be to your health.
Serious burns must be treated in a hospital as soon as possible. If you have suffered a burn injury, you will likely require immediate medical attention, and you may also require legal representation to fight for the compensation you deserve.
What are the common causes of burn injuries?
What are the different types of burn injuries?
In fire safety terms, burns are measured in degrees. There are four degrees of burn: the first degree is not very severe, while the fourth degree is the most severe an individual can suffer.
First-degree burns affect the outermost layer of skin, which is called the epidermis. First-degree burns are painful, red, and dry with no blisters formed. A mild sunburn is an example of a first-degree burn. These are also known as “superficial” burns.
Second-degree burns involve the lower layer of the skin, which is called the dermis. These are also known as “partial thickness” burns, resulting in blisters and loss of skin function. As the epidermis crumbles and falls off, raw nerves are exposed, resulting in excruciating pain.
Third-degree burns affect both the dermis and the epidermis. These burns may even go all the way to the subcutaneous tissue. Third-degree burns look blackened and are also known as “full thickness” burns. Third-degree burns are deep and severe, and require skin grafts. They directly affect the nerves and cause a sensory loss in the burn area.
Fourth-degree burns go through both the layers of skin as well as the deeper and underlying tissue. These burns may even affect muscle and bone. The nerve endings with these types of burns have been destroyed.
Treatment for Serious Burns
Skin grafting, debridement, hydrotherapy, and excision are common treatments for burn injuries. Burn patients may be placed on a ventilator, or in a medically induced coma, and undergo such procedures as an escharotomy or tarsorrhaphy to deal with the excessive swelling.
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