What To Know In Treating Burns Of Any Degree
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.
These types of burns can be caused by 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.
There are different levels of burns that you need to be familiar about so that you will know what type of treatment can immediately be given to the patient when the need arises, and these 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.
In cases of minor burns, that is from first to second degree, it can be treated immediately by washing the burned and damaged area with lukewarm water, remove from the body any form of jewelry that can cause any obstruction, swelling or inflammation, then apply a topical antibiotic ointment to this burned area and do not use butter, and if there is a need to see a doctor or have tetanus shot then you might as well do that too.
Being cautious and ensuring safety all the time is always the key to be free from any possible danger, and to learn more on the basics of first aid especially when situations in the likes of getting burned may possibly save a life that you can never tell when.