Types Of Burns
There are typically three levels to a burn injury.
- Affects the top layer of the skin.
- Affects the top and second layer of the skin, which can cause redness, blistering, and can become painful.
- This level of a burn injury is a deep lesion also known as a “Full Thickness Burn”. These burns turn the skin Black or White and can also induce numbing.
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According to multiple reports, females have a slightly higher rate of death from burns compared to males. Most of these reports are based on fire cooking exposure, or unsafe cookstoves, which can ignite with loose clothing. Open flames for heating. Self-directed, or interpersonal violence are also factors to be considered for burn injuries. The National Center for Biotechnology Information stated that roughly “3,400 patients die from burns or related complications such as smoke inhalation, carbon monoxide, or cyanide poisoning, organ failure, or infection”.
Preventing Burn Injuries
Summarizing The American Academy of Family Physicians’ steps to preventing burn injuries, we have compiled the essential steps to practice in order to prevent burn injuries.
- Use the backburners when children are present.
- Set the temperature of the water heater in your house to 120°F
- Sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher is recommended and should be reapplied every two hours.
- Chemicals, matches, and lighters should be locked and out of reach of children.
- Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Ensure there is an easy-access fire extinguisher available.
When Should I See A Doctor?
One should always see a doctor after a burn injury if they are in an incredible amount of pain; however, there are other immediate signs that you should consider seeing a doctor right away. The most important sign is if you have had an electrical burn of any kind or if you have experienced a burn in an important region of the body like the face, major joints, or genitalia. If your burn seems deeper than expected and are generating blisters, this also a sign to see a doctor. Lastly, if you are immunocompromised or notice that your burn has not healed in two weeks’ time, please pay a visit to your doctor.
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