Types & Degrees of Burns
Burns are graded in increasing order of severity from 1st degree to 4th degree. First-degree burns are superficial and cause the least discomfort. They can be equated to simple sunburn and usually do not require hospitalization. Second-degree burn injuries can affect the inner layers of skin and may require skin grafts. Scarring may occur. They cause more pain and discomfort. Third-degree burns destroy the superficial skin layer, known as the epidermis, and the nerves underneath. Such burns can severely damage the dermis that lies beneath the epidermis. Third-degree burn victims feel comparatively less pain because the nerves get destroyed. However, they require extensive surgery, skin grafts, and can prove fatal. Fourth-degree burns affect the hypodermis that lies beneath the dermis and may even burn bone. Hypovolemic shock and seizures can follow. These burns can lead to amputations and permanent disfigurement.
Common causes of burns include accidents at the workplace, car accidents, electrical burns, chemical burns, and malfunctioning products.
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