Burns

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Burns

Causes, symptoms, and treatments. If you burn yourself or experience a flash fire at home or work, it is important to understand how burns happen and when to seek professional medical attention. Burns can be caused by chemicals, electricity, sunlight or heat. Burns are classified according to severity: first-degree burns that affect only the outer layer of skin (epidermis); second-degree burns that destroy part of both epidermis and dermis; third-degree burns that destroy all layers of skin (epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous tissue) except for major blood vessels.

Whether you’ve touched a hot pan or spilled something, burns are always uncomfortable and sometimes even painful. The most important thing to do after sustaining a burn is to remove your clothes that have been burned and immediately apply cold water or cool compresses—that will stop further damage from happening. It’s also important to put on some type of first aid cream afterwards, like aloe vera or an antibacterial/antiseptic burn cream. If your burn is minor, these steps will help minimize pain and inflammation; if it is severe, seek medical attention. Only go to urgent care if you can’t find any ice packs or bandages at home.

Don’t underestimate burns. Burns are caused by heat and can come from a variety of sources, such as fire, steam or hot liquids. If you burn yourself badly enough, you might need to go to an urgent care clinic to get stitches, antibiotics or help with follow-up medical treatment. Dehydration: While we normally associate dehydration with warm weather and physical activity, it can happen whenever your body doesn’t receive enough fluids for long periods of time. It may seem counterintuitive if you get dehydrated in cold weather (because you don’t feel thirsty), but that is why it’s important to drink plenty of water during those seasons as well!

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