What are burns?
A person with a burn has an injury to the skin caused by exposure to excessive heat. Household burns and sunburn are common causes of burns. A chemical burn, electrical injury, or radiation exposure can also cause burns to the skin. Burns are classified as first-degree burns, second-degree burns, or third-degree burns.
What are the symptoms of burns?
Symptoms of a burn depend on the severity. Common symptoms of a superficial, first-degree burn include skin pain, skin redness, and skin swelling. Second-degree burns cause blisters to form because more of the skin is injured. Severe, third-degree burns cause charring and numbness of the skin because all layers of the skin are injured.
How does the doctor treat burns?
Treatment for a burn may include wound care, antibiotic cream, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, and narcotic pain medications. Treatment for severe burns may include surgery and skin grafts.
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