Burns in the skin can happen in many ways and possibly cause by many reasons, and it can happen anywhere at any time , then knowing if it can be treated with just a first aid or needs medical attention and a doctor’s care has to be immediately assessed on occurrence.
In many cases of burns, these are gotten from the most common factors like fires, including flames from candles, matches, and lighters, chemical and electrical burns, scalding from hot, boiling liquids, or perhaps just due to excessive sun exposure.
So that you will best know how to respond in situations that involve burning, you have to know about the different burn levels so that you can best apply the immediate treatment for each, and they are the first-degree burns that show red, non blistered skin, the second-degree burns which have blisters and some thickening of the skin, and lastly the third-degree burn that shows a widespread thickness with a white, leathery appearance.
Most burns if they already include significant parts like the eyes, mouth, hands, and genital areas, especially if it is the size of your palm disregarding if it is just, should always be given medical treatment by professionals, but generally aside from the degree of the burn, treatment is also based more on the depth, area, and location of the burn.
The basics for major burns cases, second to third-degree burns, first aid is necessary before bringing to the emergency room, that is by taking the patient out from the burning area and taking off any burning material from him or her, and then call 911, and then keep the patient in a safe place, warm and still with the burned wrapped if possible in a clean sheet.
For minor burns, that is the first to second degree burns, wash the burned area with lukewarm water and take off any jewelry that can cause any obstruction, swelling or inflammation, and a topical antibiotic ointment can be applied to this burned area, not butter, and if there is a need to see a doctor or have tetanus shot then consider that as well.
Accidents happen anytime and can affect anyone, therefore, ensuring safety and well being is a must at all times as that can allow you to stay away from harm especially with burning, and the good thing is if you learn more on how to appropriately respond to these kinds of situations will give you an edge in terms of safety, and who knows with that it can be your life or someone else’s that can be saved at times when you cannot determine when and how it will occur.