There are several instances and occurrences that burns can happen or inflict someone at any time, and knowing how best to treat a burn for whatever level of degree is important in all cases.
These types of burns can be caused by common factors like fires, including flames from candles, matches, and lighters, chemical and electrical burns, scalding from hot, boiling liquids, or perhaps just due to excessive sun exposure.
There are different levels of burns that you need to be familiar about so that you will know what type of treatment can immediately be given to the patient when the need arises, and these are the first-degree burns that show red, non blistered skin, the second-degree burns which have blisters and some thickening of the skin, and lastly the third-degree burn that shows a widespread thickness with a white, leathery appearance.
In general, the kind of treatment that is needed for burns depends more on the depth, area and location of the burn and in most cases those burns that includes significant parts like the eyes, mouth, hands, and genital areas should always be treated by medical professionals, even if they are mild, if they are as the size of your palm or larger.
For second and third degree burns, considered a major burn, first aid must be administered first before anything else, and that can be done by taking the patient out from the burning area and taking off any burning material from him or her, and then call 911, and then keep the patient in a safe place, warm and still with the burned wrapped if possible in a clean sheet as you wait for the emergency rescue to bring the patient to the hospital.
For minor burns, that is the first to second degree burns, wash the burned area with lukewarm water and take off any jewelry that can cause any obstruction, swelling or inflammation, and a topical antibiotic ointment can be applied to this burned area, not butter, and if there is a need to see a doctor or have tetanus shot then consider that as well.
Accidents happen anytime and can affect anyone, therefore, ensuring safety and well being is a must at all times as that can allow you to stay away from harm especially with burning, and the good thing is if you learn more on how to appropriately respond to these kinds of situations will give you an edge in terms of safety, and who knows with that it can be your life or someone else’s that can be saved at times when you cannot determine when and how it will occur.