The skin is the body’s largest organ. A burn is an injury to this organ, the skin. Burn treatments vary based on the severity of the injury.
Faulty appliances (i.e., space heaters)
Fire / Flame (i.e., matches)
Heat (i.e., hot liquid, steam)
Kitchen accidents (i.e., hot surfaces – stoves, ovens, irons)
Motor vehicle accidents
Coughing, difficulty breathing, wheezing (burned airway)
Numbness in the skin
Red, white or charred skin
A first degree burn affects only the uppermost or outer layer of the skin. This burn causes mild redness, swelling and pain.
A second degree, or partial thickness, burn affects both the upper layer of the skin and the skin underneath it. Some specific symptoms for this burn include: redness, swelling, pain and blistering.
A third degree, or full thickness, burn is the most severe and destroys the deep layers of the skin. This can lead to numb skin and white or blackened skin.
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