Burns to the human body can happen in many different types of ways. Damage done to your body’s tissues can be caused by sunrays, electrical currents, deadly chemicals, radiation, and most commonly by heat. Hot water and even steam cause some of the most common households burns, followed by house and building fires, caused by flammable gases. However the damage is done, it’s important to understand the causes of burns and how to best protect yourself against them.
The long-term effects of burns basically weaken your body’s skin protective barrier. When this happens, it becomes easier for infectious diseases to reach past the barrier much easier. Antibiotics can of course treat most of these infections, but depending on how fast an infection is discovered will determine the outcome of the spread. Over time a person’s skin also starts to decay and cannot protect itself well against the sun’s rays. So any preliminary burns must also be paid attention to.
There are various degrees of burns which are identified in both the medical field and the legal field. If someone is responsible for the burns you receive, a burn injury lawyer will most often reference a burn in the terms, “First Degree”, “Second Degree”, and “Third-Degree”.
A first-degree burn only affects the outer layer of the skin. Though levels of pain can differ, it can cause all types of swelling and redness. A second-degree burn will go a little deeper into the underlying layer of the skin, causing blistering. A third-degree burn is most severe and surely has the longest-term affects. It reaches the deepest layers of the skin and can physically cause blackened (or white) skin. Because of this, the skin can go numb and fail to function. Third-degree burns can also be fatal if not treated properly. Exposure to the sun is also much riskier for people with third-degree burns.