Types of Burn Injuries
The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH) identifies some common risks associated with burns:
Burns can cause swelling, blistering, scarring and, in serious cases, shock and even death. They also can lead to infections because they damage your skin’s protective barrier … After a third-degree burn, you need skin or synthetic grafts to cover exposed tissue and encourage new skin to grow. First- and second-degree burns usually heal without grafts.
Burns can occur in four different degrees. First-degree burns are minor and require little more attention than running them under cold water or applying burn cream. Once a burn reaches the second layer of skin (epidermis), it becomes much more serious. Second-degree burns can cause blistering and infections and therefore require medical attention.
If the burn reaches into the fatty tissue, it is a third-degree burn that can cause nerve damage. The symptoms of a third-degree burn include lack of pain or feeling in the area, leathery to the touch, and white or tan in color. Fourth-degree burns are the worst and reach into the muscle or bone, resulting in lack of feeling, charred skin, permanent nerve damage and possible amputation.
Why You Need a Pittsburgh Personal Injury Attorney
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