Burn injuries are one of the most devastating types of trauma that can be suffered. When skin is burned, it becomes dry and leathery. This leads to a higher risk for infection and scarring, as well as difficulty in performing everyday tasks like eating or walking. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at some ways burn victims can manage their condition as they work towards recovery from their injury.
It’s important to stay hydrated when recovering from burns because your body will need more water than usual to heal properly. Be sure not to drink too much though – especially if you’re still on pain medication – because you could end up with stomach ulcers or kidney damage without even realizing it! The best thing you can do is ask your doctor what the recommended amount is and to make sure you’re staying in that range.
Balm-containing aloe vera extract can help with skin regeneration and reduce the risk of scarring when applied immediately after a burn injury victims. Aloe also fights off bacteria, which will decrease your risk for infection. If you don’t have access to balm containing aloe vera extract, try applying pure aloe vera gel to the burned area. There are even some creams that contain both aloe and other ingredients like vitamin E or green tea extracts that can help improve healing time.
There are many different types of burns depending on where they’re located on your body. Each burn is unique and requires different treatments and care depending on the severity of the injury. Here’s a quick overview and some examples:
First degree (superficial) burn: redness in skin, mild swelling, pain
Second degree (partial thickness) burn: blisters, skin discoloration, skin can be moist or dry
Third-degree (full thickness) burns: damage to muscle and bone, leathery texture of the skin
Fourth degree (full thickness) burns: charring of tissue, nerves, and blood vessels are destroyed, can require amputation
In cases where a victim has been exposed to flames or chemicals, the airway may also become compromised. In this scenario, you should avoid putting water in the victim’s mouth because it could cause the tongue to swell and block the throat. Instead, try pinching their nose shut and put your hand over their mouth to create an airtight seal while you wait for help to arrive.
If a person has been harmed by an electrical current or is suffering from electrical burns, be sure to take appropriate measures to ensure your safety before attempting to help the victim. Electrical injuries can carry currents that may cause harm to anyone coming in contact with them, even if they’re trying to revive the person.
If the electrical current is still active, you should not touch or go near the patient! Look for something you can use as a barrier between yourself and the victim to protect yourself from the current. Then call 911 immediately and explain what has happened. If the victim isn’t breathing, perform CPR while you wait for medical professionals to arrive on the scene.
Burn injuries can be very scary, but many victims are able to return to a normal lifestyle after receiving proper care. With access to information about how best to manage an injury and the support of family and friends, many victims make full recoveries after suffering a burn to their body.