Burns

Alex Cameron
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There are various types of burns and they are characterized by 1st degree, 2nd degree, and 3rd degree burns. It impacts the integumentary system and its results are damaging to the epidermis and dermis layers of the skin. If the burn goes deeper than the epidermis layer, then scarring can occur. The treatments for burnt skin include rubbing Aloe Vera or pouring diluted vinegar on the burnt area. These treatments are usually successful in getting the job done.

Q1: is it possible for a burn to be so severe that the skin never grows back normally? (M.Fujimoto)

Yes. Only the epidermis layer of the skin has the power do regenerate itself, so if the burn goes deeper than this layer, scarring and permanent injury can occur.


Q2: What distinguishes between the different degrees of burns? Is it simply the severity of the burn or does the degree reflect structural damage in the skin?(D.Kong)

A first degree burn is normally the result of a sunburn and usually has redness, but no blister and no scarring will occur. A second degree burn is a deeper burn and is considered the most painful type of burn. Redness, inflammation, and some blisters result from a second degree burn. A third degree burn is characterized as the least painful burn, because it burns through multiple layers of skin. This is the most severe type of burn. There are no blister because the top layers of skin are gone and scarring will almost always occur, even with proper treatment.

Q3: How long does a 2nd degree burn take to heal completely? (A.Martin)

They normally take 2 to 3 weeks to fully heal.

Q4: What type of burn is a sun burn and what are some examples of each of the degrees of burns? (CBACON )

A mild sun burn is classified as a first degree burn. An example of a second degree burn is coming in contact with scalding water. More severe sunburns can also be classified as second degree burns. An example of a 3rd degree burn is coming in contact with electricity, corrosive chemicals, and flames.

Q5: How does vinegar help the burn? (CRICH)

It is recommended to take an apple cider vinegar bath when you have large sun burnt areas on your body. This helps by preventing the skin from peeling and forming blisters.

Q6: Are chemical burns worse than heat burns? (C. Chapman)

Chemical burns are usually worse than heat burns because they are considered 3rd degree burns, where as a heat burn can be 1st, 2nd, and sometimes 3rd degree burns. Since chemical burns are always 3rd degree burns, they are a lot more severe.