Burn Awareness Week Focuses on Scalds

Burn Awareness Week is taking place from February 3rd through February 9th. This year, officials with the American Burn Association are focusing on scalds. The awareness week is used to help raise awareness about the risks of burns and to help to educate the public about burn prevention.

A scald is a form of burn caused by heated fluids, such as boiling water or steam. This usually happens when the skin is exposed to high-temperature water when cooking, bathing or showering. Scalds are also common when hot liquids are spilled. These kinds of accidents are most common among children. Most scalds are considered first- or second-degree burns. Third-degree burns are still possible, especially with prolonged contact to hot liquid.

Our Naples personal injury attorneys understand that burns and scalds are more common than you think. We’re near sources that can cause injury every day. Consider the stove, the oven, the flat-iron, the coffee pot and even the shower. It’s important that we’re careful around these areas to help to prevent our risks of injury. Traffic accidents at work and on the jobsite are two other common causes of burn injuries.

When we are burned or scalded, it’s important that we know how to properly treat it to help to assist a quick recovers.

Treating a Scald:

-Get away from the source of heat immediately!

-Make sure you cool the burn with lukewarm water. You want to keep it in this water for ten to thirty minutes. Stay away from ice-cold water, ice cubes and any kinds of creams.

-If there is any kind of clothing or jewelry near the burned surface, remove it. If there’s anything stuck to the skin — DO NOT remove it.

-Make sure the victim remains warn. Cover them with a blanket, but do not touch the affected area.

-Cover the burn with a layer of cling film.

Degrees of Burns:

-First Degree: A first-degree burn is red and is very sensitive when you touch it. The skin will look blanched when you apply light pressure on it. These kinds of burns usually result in minimal tissue damage and only involve the epidermis. A first-degree burn is like a sunburn.

-Second-Degree: These kinds of burn affect the dermis and the epidermis. They can cause redness, pain, blisters and swelling. They oftentimes affect hair follicles and sweat glands. If you don’t properly treat these burns, they can easily become a third-degree burn.

-Third-Degree: These burns affect the epidermis, dermis and hypodermis. They cause the skin to char and turn a translucent white color. These burns can cause the area to feel numb. Healing can be timely for these burns as the body has to rebuild skin tissue and structures. Third-degree burns usually result in extensive scarring.

-Fourth-Degree: This is a burn that extends deeply into the subcutaneous tissue, completely destroying the skin, subcutaneous fat, and underlying tendons, and sometimes involving muscle, fascia, or bone.