Monday, February 1, 2010

Too Hot To Handle

Burns are common hazard at home. Either you get scalded by hot water or burned by fire while cooking. Sometimes, even minor burns can be serious depending on the affected areas. The three types of burns are as follows:

First-degree burns – are mild burns affecting only the epidermis, which is the top layer of the skin. It is characterized by redness of the skin, painful and may have a little swelling. Though considered minor, it may need serious medical attention if it affects a large area of the face, groin, neck, hands, and feet.

Second-degree burns – are more painful because they involve the layer of skin next to the epidermis, which is the dermis. It can lead to blisters and may break open. The wound is brighter red and looks like it's wet. It may take about three weeks to heal depending on its severity, especially if the burns affected the critical areas. However, if it covers three inches or less, it may be considered minor.

Third-degree burns – are so severe because the affected areas have reached deep down the underlying tissues, muscles, and fat. The wound appears either white or black.

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