Burn injuries can be extremely concerning. But luckily, with the right medical attention and treatment, 97 percent of burn victims will survive. Some burns are far worse than others. Major burns are those that are deep, cause dry and leathery skin, have white, brown, black, or charred areas, or are larger than three inches. Burns that impact the hands, feet, groin, buttocks or a major joint are considered major. While it’s always in your best interest to seek medical attention for any major burn, it’s also very helpful to be able to identify the degree of burn that you have suffered.
First-Degree Burn Injuries
One of the most well-known types of first-degree burns is a sub burn. First-degree burns are those that cause red skin that is painful to the touch. Luckily, first-degree burns only injure the outermost layer of the skin, which is why they almost always will heal themselves within a few days of the injury. If your first-degree burn impacts only a small area of your body, it may be enough to treat it at home. Such treatment usually includes running cold water over the burn (or a cool compress), applying antibiotic ointment, and finally sterile bandages. But if you have first-degree burns covering a lot of your body, you should still seek attention from a medical professional.
Second-Degree Burn Injuries
Unlike first-degree burns, second-degree burns always require immediate medical attention from a health professional – even if they only impact a small area of the body. You can usually identify a burn as second-degree because it presents as deep red skin or blisters, and sometimes causes the loss of skin and a significant amount of pain.
Third- and Fourth-Degree Burn Injuries
You would think that third- and fourth-degree burns would always be excruciating, but sometimes they can even be painless initially. You can identify a third- or fourth-degree burn because they may present as white, blackened, and/or charred. These burns destroy both the epidermis and the dermis of the skin, with fourth-degree burns possibly impacting your muscles, tendons, and nerves. These burns can result in permanent disfigurement and require the attention of a medical professional in order to best avoid further complications.
If you have suffered either of these burns you must call for emergency help immediately. While you are waiting you should cover the burn with a cool, moist bandage or a clean cloth. Also, be sure to elevate the burn area above your heart when possible. Remember: do not put the area of your large burn in water as it can result in hypothermia.
MPJ Law Firm Can Help Those in NM Who Have Suffered a Burn Injury
If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury, it can greatly impact your life. It can be difficult enough to deal with your injuries, but it can be even harder when you are left to pick up the pieces financially. You should never have to pay the price for someone else’s negligence or recklessness.
At MPJ Law Firm, we have a deep understanding of burn injuries and understand the effects that such injuries can have on just about all aspects of your life. We will always act in your best interest. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!