The skin is the largest organ of the body. It provides protection, contains nerve endings to allow for sensation and regulates body temperature. Serious burn injuries can be life threatening and life altering.
Burn injuries produce intense pain, followed by painful treatments. Often, these expensive treatments and therapies go on for years. Disfiguring and scarring can be a result, as well as loss of fingers or toes, noses and ears and loss of mobility and function. The psychological trauma from burn injuries can be severe, including post-traumatic stress disorder and panic disorders.
Medical professionals use several factors to determine the severity of a burn injury, including the victim’s age, the victim’s size, the depth and size of the burn and the location of the burn. Generally, classified by degree, the severity of a burn falls into one of four categories: First Degree, Second Degree, Third Degree and Fourth Degree Burns.
First-degree burns involve some tissue damage to the skin’s surface. These burns affect the outer-layer of skin causing pain, redness and swelling. An example of a first-degree burn would be sunburn. Second-degree burns affect both the outer layer and the underlying layer of skin, causing redness, pain, swelling and blisters. These burns affect sweat glands and hair follicles. Second-degree burns, if not properly treated, can become third-degree burns. Third-degree burns affect the outer and underlying layers of skin, as well as the hypodermis (loose connective tissue that attaches the skin to bone and muscle). Healing from third-degree burns is a slow and painful process because of the extensive damage to the skin tissue. Third-degree burns usually result in extensive scarring.
Fourth-degree burns (full thickness burns) affect all layers of the skin as well as tendons, bone, ligaments and muscles. Fourth-degree burns require surgery or grafting to close the wounds and often result in permanent disability. When inhalation injuries accompany external burns, the chance of death can increase significantly. The three types of inhalation injuries are damage from heat inhalation (lung burn), damage from systemic toxins that can cause permanent injury to organs including the brain, and damage from smoke inhalation.
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