The Importance of Knowing Burn Wound Care
Fire hazards are a common occurrence, from a small premises incident to a serious car crash. Burn injuries can result in both physical and emotional pain in these circumstances. Although you may not be able to prevent a fire from burning you, you can decrease the likelihood of severe injuries if you know how to treat burn injuries and are aware of what to do when these types of incidents happen.
Different Types of Burn Injuries
Fire, steam, hot liquids, or just about any heated object can cause a burn. Chemicals and electricity can also inflict serious burn injuries. Doctors look at the size and depth of a burn to determine how severe it is. There are four different levels of burn injuries you should be aware of:
• First degree burn. A first degree burn affects the top layer of your skin, also called the epidermis. This type of burn generally results in minor damage, such as turning the skin red or swollen. One example of a first-degree burn is a sunburn that peels or turns red.
• Second degree burn. A second degree burn causes your skin to blister and slightly thicken, indicating the damage has reached the second layer of the skin, also called the dermis. This type of burn results in pain and oozing or bleeding. It generally takes one to three weeks for a second degree burn to heal and it may leave the skin discolored.
• Third degree burn. A third degree burn causes the skin to have a leathery or waxen surface. It damages both layers of your skin, along with the tendons, bones, and muscles. This type of burn can also cause numbness because the extensive burn can damage the surrounding nerves.
• Fourth degree burn. A fourth degree burn is the most severe type of burn, causing charring deep into your flesh. This damage is irreparable.
Understanding the different degrees of burns is important because it requires different types of care and medical treatment. For example, although you can treat a first degree burn at home, you need immediate attention for third and fourth degree burns. Second degree burns, depending on the severity, may be self-treated as well.
Steps to Take for Proper Burn Wound Care
Burns can vary from minor to major in severity. If you understand the level of severity of your burn first, you will have a better chance of getting a more effective treatment for the damage. For more severe burns, it is better to get immediate medical attention. However, if the burn is minor and there is damage merely to the surface, you may be able to treat it at home.
Below are a few steps you can take when handling a minor burn:
• Use antibacterial soap when washing your hands
• Run cool water over the affected area to reduce pain and swelling
• Apply a mild soap and use water to cleanse the burnt portion
• If there’s no skin opening, apply antibiotic ointment
• To avoid agitation, wrap the burnt area loosely with a sterile fabric
Contact an Experienced Los Angeles Burn Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved has suffered a burn injury in an accident caused by the negligence or recklessness of another party, you should discuss your legal options with an attorney as you may be entitled to compensation.
The Los Angeles burn injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas advocate for our clients’ full financial recovery through hard work and aggressive lawyering. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our attorneys, please call the Law Offices of Samer Habbas at 949-449-2703.