Health Tips: Types, Symptoms & First Aid for Burns

No one wishes to have burns on their body, but they are the most common household injuries. The term “burn” actually defined as the burning sensation linked to this injury. The burns lead to severe damage of skin and thus it affects the cells.

Well, there are different causes and degrees of injuries. Depending upon these causes and types, people can recover from burns without serious health consequences.

Degrees Of Injuries:

Type 1: First-Degree Burn

First-Degree Burn

The first level burn causes minimal skin damage. The other name for this damage is called “superficial burn”. The layer of the skin, which is affected is the outermost layer of skin.

The signs are:

  • Redness
  • Non Blistered Skin
  • Minor Inflammation (Swelling)
  • Dry, Peeling Skin (Occurs As The Burn Heals)

Once the skin cells shed, the burns symptoms and signs get disappear. One can treat for this at their home center and it usually takes 3-6 days to heal. Some of the ways are:

  • Soak The Wound In Cool Water For Five Minutes Or Longer
  • Take Acetaminophen Or Ibuprofen For Pain Relief
  • Apply Aloe Vera Gel Or Cream To Soothe The Skin
  • Use An Antibiotic Ointment And Loose Gauze To Protect The Affected Area

Type 2: Second-Degree Burn

Second-Degree Burn

This is more serious burn, as it damages beyond the top layer of skin. This damage causes the skin to blister and become immensely red and sore. Some sore pop open, giving the burn a wet appearance.

Tip: This delicate wound requires immediate bandaging to prevent infection.

Second degree burn takes almost 3 weeks to heal. The things you can do to recover this damage includes:

  • Running The Skin Under Cool Water For 15 Minutes Or Longer
  • Taking Over-The-Counter Pain Medication (Acetaminophen Or Ibuprofen)
  • Applying Antibiotic Cream To Blisters

Type 3: Third-Degree Burns

Third-Degree Burns

The most worst burns! The damage leads through every layer of skin and are the most painful. It reaches the bloodstream, major organs, and bones, which can lead to death. The causes are:

  • Waxy And White
  • Charred
  • Dark Brown
  • Raised And Leathery

This type of burn cannot be treated at home. Rush to the Astra Health Center for the immediate medical treatment. If you are in the city or surrounding areas of Berkeley Heights and you found yourself or your loved one suffering from first, second, or third degree burns, you can make an immediate visit to Urgent Care Berkeley Heights. The specialists available at the center will go through the first aid process or dispatch an emergency unit as soon as we get your call.

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