Burn Care 101: Basic First Aid Vs When to Seek Emergency Treatment
Thursday, September 20th, 2018
Burns are some of the most common household injuries, so it’s important to become familiar with basic burn first aid and recognize when to seek emergency treatment. The good news is that most burns are minor and can be treated at home, but severe burns pose serious risks and complications. Educate yourself now so you can act appropriately in the future.
An Introduction to Burns
Burns are categorized as being first, second, or third degree. Everything from scalding liquids and fires to excessive sun exposure can cause burns on the skin.
First degree burns: affect the top layer of skin with redness, minor swelling and pain
Second degree burns: damage extends beyond top layer of skin, causes skin to blister and become very sore
Third degree burns: most severe burns that affect every layer of skin and turn skin a waxy, white color (more…)