Burn injuries are among the most painful injuries a person can sustain. The severity of a burn is classified as either first, second or third degree, depending how deep the burn penetrates into the skin. The skin is made up of three layers, the epidermis, the dermis and the subcutaneous. A first degree burn is one that only burns through the epidermis layer. A second degree burns extend through the epidermis and the dermis. Finally, third degree burns, the most severe of all burns, injure all layers of the skin (epidermis, dermis and subcutaneous) and damage tissue and sometimes bone underneath the skin. Often, victims of burns are left with scars and are sometimes permanently disfigured. In some severe burns, infection can cause death.
Burns often result from chemical exposure in the workplace. Many chemicals such as sodium hydroxide, silver nitrate, sulfuric acid, nitric acid, and hydrofluoric acid common substances that cause very bad burns.
Electricity can cause the skin to suffer severe burning. Electrocution can cause severe internal burning. The severity of the burn may not be initially apparent because the entry and exit burns are the only ones visible from the outside. ,
Excessive heat to the skin is the most common type of burn. People often get these kinds of burns while cooking with liquids or oils.
The skin can also be burned from exposure to extreme cold. Most people do not realize this can result in a burn injury. This type of burn is commonly referred to as frostbite.
To treat severe burns, doctors often take good skin from other parts of a person’s body and transplant it to the area of the injury. This is called skin grafting. These procedures are very painful and are only done with the most severe burns.
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Here are some burn web sites you may find informative and useful:
World Burn Foundation: http://www.burnsurvivorsonline.com/
Burn Remedies: http://www.burnremedies.com