When we think of burn injuries, we tend to think of accidents involving fires. Of course, severe burns can be sustained in numerous other ways and the treatment one needs could also depend on what caused it. Of course, regardless of the cause of your burn injury, it is always imperative that you seek medical treatment as soon as possible.
Below is a list of different types of burn injuries:
- Thermal burns: These are the types of burns most of us are familiar with and occur when you come into physical contact with hot substances or objects, including fire, hot liquid or steam, and hot objects or heated appliances. Treatment for these types of burns depends on where the injury was sustained and its severity. Once you call for emergency medical services, you should loosely apply a clean bandage or cloth to the affected area. Never remove parts of your skin or pop burn blisters. Do not use ice to seek relief from a burn injury; this could cause further damage to the skin.
- Chemical burns: Chemical burns can occur if your skin or eyes come are in contact with harsh irritants. Harmful substances that commonly cause chemical burns include ammonia, chlorine, battery acid, bleach, and harsh cleaners. If you sustain a chemical burn, rinse the affected area and allow water to run over it for about ten minutes. If the chemicals entered your eye, rinse it for about twenty minutes. Immediate medical treatment is particularly crucial if the burn is greater than three inches, on a major joint, or on your hands, feet, face, groin, or buttocks. Treatment for chemical burns is often similar to thermal burn treatment, though it might also include IV fluids to regulate the body’s temperature and speed healing and skin grafting to cover the wound with healthy skin from other areas of the body.
- Electrical burns: An electrical burn occurs when you come in contact with an electrical current. Given that our internal system is not resistant to electricity, an electrical burn can be sustained if a strong jolt enters the body. One of the most common causes of an electrical burn is coming into contact with an extension cord on which the insulation has worn away. These types of burn injuries are treated much like a thermal or chemical burn, though the effects of an electrical burn can sometimes linger, resulting in issues with muscles, internal tissues, and other long-term negative effects on overall health.
- Friction burns: This type of burn can occur when a person’s skin rubs repeatedly against a surface or scrapes against hard surfaces. Friction burns, like other burns, are also categorized into different degrees, so be sure to treat it these as seriously as you would any other burn injury.
- Radiation burns: For those undergoing radiation therapy, it is possible to sustain a radiation burn. To treat cancer, high-energy radiation is used to target and eliminate cancerous cells. When it goes through the body, skin cells could be damaged and, if you receive radiation treatments frequently, your skin cells might not have enough time to regenerate. Though radiation burns are not technically like burns, they can look and feel like a burn injury. To treat a radiation burn, the wound must be cleaned and moisturized, kept out of sunlight, and covered with loose clothing or bandages.
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