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.
For second and third degree burns, considered a major burn, first aid must be administered first before anything else, and that can be done 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 as you wait for the emergency rescue to bring the patient to the hospital.
In cases of minor burns, you can immediately proceed to the first aid treatment by making sure that the burned and damaged area is washed with lukewarm water, any form of jewelry that can cause any obstruction, swelling or inflammation is removed from the body , then apply a topical antibiotic ointment to this burned area and do not use butter, and if there is a need to have a tetanus shot or a professional medical care then you might as well do that too.
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.