Differences in Burns
Like fires, burns have varying degrees of severity. And it’s important to know because the way to treat them is very different. A minor burn would probably not require any kind of medical care beyond what a first aid kit can provide. But a more major burn would require professional medical care to keep it from getting infected and causing even more damage. So it’s definitely important to know what type of burn you’re dealing with. The U.S. National Library of Medicine has a list of the different burns and what those differences are;
- First-degree burns affect only the outer layer of the skin. They cause pain, redness, and swelling. These are classified as minor burns.
- Second-degree burns affect both the outer and underlying layer of the skin. They cause pain, redness, swelling, and blistering. They are also called partial-thickness burns. These are classified as minor or major burns depending on the severity and size of the burn.
- Third-degree burns affect the deep layers of skin. They are also called full-thickness burns. They cause white or blackened, burned skin. The skin may be numb. These are classified as major burns.
Like any other injuries, burns can vary from injury to injury. It’s possible to even have multiple different types of burns on your body at once. So it’s important to know how to identify which types of burns you’re dealing with so you can treat them properly. And as always, when in doubt about just how bad the injury is, always check with a doctor. But hopefully, you can also make an informed decision about your burn on your own as well. So stay safe and be careful when around potential burn causes.
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