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Types of Burns and Treatments

Car accidents, truck accidents, fires, explosions, and other incidents have the potential to cause burn injuries. Burn injuries can be very serious and lead to infection; skin, tissue, and nerve damage; cardiac arrest, loss of vision, scarring and disfigurement, and emotional trauma. The complications a burn injury cause depend on the type of burn that occurred. Below is a list of some of the most common types of burns, as well as treatment options for the injuries.

If you or a loved one have suffered from a burn injury that was the result of another party’s negligence, call the Houston burn injury lawyers of The Krist Law Firm, P.C. right away at (281) 283-8500 for a free case consultation.

First-Degree Burns

First-degree burns are the least severe, because they affect the outermost layer of the skin. Pain, redness, inflammation, and swelling, are all common signs of a first-degree burn. These symptoms disappear as soon as the skin cells shed.

These rarely leave any scarring and can be treated at home through conservative measures. Taking over-the-counter pain relievers, applying a gel or cream to soothe the skin, soaking the wound in cool water for several minutes, and using an ointment and gauze to protect the area that’s been affected are all recommended for first-degree burn injuries.

Second-Degree Burns

Due to the fact that the damage extends beyond the outermost layer of the skin, second-degree burns are more serious and lead to blisters as well as extreme redness and soreness. Some blisters burst open and give the burn a wet look.

It is important to keep the area surrounding these burns clean in order to prevent infection and help them heal quicker. Fortunately, most second-degree burns heal within two to three weeks, and leave pigment changes rather than scarring.

When the blisters from a second-degree burn are severe, these injuries take longer to heal and may require skin grafting to correct the damage. Conservative at home measures such as over-the-counter pain medications, antibiotic cream, and running the skin under cool water can treat most second-degree burns. If the burn spreads, however, it is vitally important that you seek medical care immediately.

Third-Degree Burns

Third-degree burns are the most severe because they damage every layer of the skin. Surprisingly, these burns may not cause any pain because of nerve damage. The majority of third-degree burns are waxy and white, dark brown, leathery and raised, or feature blisters that do not develop.

If you’re suffering from third-degree burns, it is important to call for emergency medical help immediately. Surgery is required to treat third-degree burns which have a spontaneous healing time. Without a surgical procedure, these will cause severe scars.

Effects of Burns

The good news is that first and second-degree burns can heal quickly and rarely result in scarring. However, third-degree burns can take weeks, months, and even years to heal. In addition to surgery, victims of third-degree injuries often require physical therapy, rehabilitation, and lifelong assisted care.

Contact Our Houston Burn Injury Lawyers

Regardless of which type of burn you or a loved one has experienced, you should call the Houston burn injury lawyers of The Krist Law Firm, P.C. immediately. We can investigate the details of the cause of the burn, determine whether negligence played a role, and help you collect the compensation you may be entitled to for your medical bills, lost wages, emotional distress, physical pain, mental anguish, and other damages.

Call us today at (281) 283-8500, or reach out online to schedule a free consultation regarding your case.