- What are the different types of burns?
- First-Degree Burns - These minor burns damage the first layer of skin and cause mild pain, redness, swelling and increased sensitivity. These burns typically heal within 5 to 10 days, with the pain subsiding after the third day.
- Second-Degree Burns - Painful blistering and deeper reddening of the skin are the most noticeable indications of a second-degree burn, signaling deeper damage into the second layer of the skin. The red area often turns white when pressure is applied. Second-degree burns usually heal in less than 2 to 3 weeks. If a second-degree burn is larger than 3 inches or covers the hands, legs or groin areas, seek medical attention immediately.
- Third-Degree Burns - Damage extends to the third layer of skin, which appears white or blackened. The charred skin may even go numb, which means your nerves may be damaged. Scarring is likely and healing can take several months. For third-degree burns, call 911.
- Fourth-Degree Burns - Critical damage to all layers of the skin as well as charring of muscle and bone make fourth-degree burns extremely dangerous. Victims of fourth degree burns experience numbness, caused by shock and nerve damage. For fourth-degree burns, call 911.
- How do I tell the difference between a first-degree burn from a second-degree burn?
- First-degree symptoms include pain, redness, swelling, increased sensitivity and dryness. Second-degree burns not only have all the symptoms of first degree burns but also develop painful blisters. If a second-degree burn is larger than 3 inches or covers the hands, legs or groin areas, seek medical attention immediately.
- How long until my burn heals?
- Most minor burns, like sunburns, will heal within 5 to 10 days. Second-degree burns can take 2 to 3 weeks. Recovery time varies and depends on the location of the injury and the severity of the burn. Use ALOCANE®® Maximum Strength Emergency Burn Gel to expedite the healing process.
- Why do burns scar?
- As your burn heals, your skin resumes producing collagen, a tissue that can thicken, tighten and develop into a scar. ALOCANE®® Scar Prevention Therapy Gel is a direct defense against scar formation.
- How can I avoid making my burn worse?
- Under no circumstances should you apply ice to any burn. Do not peel your skin and do not pop any blisters. Think twice about applying popular home remedies like honey, butter or oil as they may not be sterile and could cause an infection.
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Created by: Jon Romanow
Modified on: Fri, 21 Aug, 2020 at 3:34 PM
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