Treating Burn Injuries of Varying Degrees

Burn injury on leg

Burn injuries can be absolutely devastating. However, the outcome is the best when treated promptly and properly. That’s why it’s so important to understand and be able to identify the different degrees of burns. Once you identify the burn injury, you can properly treat it.  Regardless of the degree of burn suffered, seeking medical attention is always a good idea. 

This is why it is so important to understand what type of burn you have suffered in order to know how to best treat it. No matter the degree of burn though, you should always seek immediate medical attention. 

First-Degree Burns

First-degree burns are by far the most common type of burn. This type of burn injuries only the outermost layer of skin and appears as red and painful to the touch. One of the most common causes of first-degree burns comes from the sun. Sun burns tend to impact a larger area of the body, though first-degree burns, caused by things such as curling irons and hair straighteners, can also impact smaller areas of the skin. First-degree burns will generally heal within a couple of days of occurrence, but can also be treated with things such as aloe vera, antibiotic ointment, cold compresses, and clean bandages. 

Second-Degree Burns

In addition to a red appearance, second-degree burns also generally present as painful blisters or even a loss of skin. Second-degree burns, no matter how small, should always be treated immediately by a medical professional.

Third- and Fourth-Degree Burns

Both third- and fourth-degree burns can be extremely painful, though they can also present as painless at first. Third- and fourth-degree burns can present as white or black/charred skin and destroy the epidermis and the dermis. These burns can also harm the subcutaneous tissue. 

Fourth-degree burns, which are the most severe degree of burn, can impact the nerves, muscle tissue, and tendons and can also result in permanent disfigurement. If you suspect that someone has suffered a fourth-degree burn, you should elevate the area of the burn above the heart (when possible) and keep the area covered with either a moist bandage or a clean cloth. However, you should not place the area of the burn in water, since this can result in hypothermia. Above all else, be sure to seek immediate medical attention. 

Surovell Isaacs & Levy PLC Can Help Those in VA Who Have Suffered a Burn Injury

If you have suffered a burn injury due to the negligence or recklessness of someone else, it can result in serious, or even permanent injuries. When you are recovering from such an injury you should be able to focus on your physical recovery. Unfortunately, you may be overwhelmed with the financial impact of your injuries. That’s why it’s important to speak with a knowledgeable and experienced Virginia personal injury attorney. At Surovell Isaacs & Levy PLC, we have experience with burn injuries and will help you to fight for what it is that you deserve. To learn more or to schedule a consultation, contact us today!

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