October 20, 2018
Identifying Burn Degree And Knowing The Necessary Treatment
Getting burned can somehow affect anyone at anytime, and it can happen at home, at work, or anywhere, and when that situation happens, it is important to know the immediate course of treatment that has to be administered at the time of occurrence.
Most of these types of burns are gotten from chemical and electrical burns, scalding from hot, boiling liquids, fires, including flames from candles, matches, and lighters, 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.
In general, the kind of treatment that is needed for burns depends more on the depth, area and location of the burn and in most cases those burns that includes significant parts like the eyes, mouth, hands, and genital areas should always be treated by medical professionals, even if they are mild, if they are as the size of your palm or larger.
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.