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Burns

 
 
     
 
 

 
 
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Keywords

burns, burn unit, ICU, skin graft, septicemia

Overview *

A burn is damage to your body's tissues caused by heat, chemicals, electricity, sunlight or radiation. Scalds from hot liquids and steam, building fires and flammable liquids and gases are the most common causes of burns.

There are three types of burns:
- First-degree burns damage only the outer layer of skin
- Second-degree burns damage the outer layer and the layer underneath
- Third-degree burns damage or destroy the deepest layer of skin and tissues underneath

Burns can cause swelling, blistering, scarring and, in serious cases, shock and even death. They also can lead to infections because they damage your skin's protective barrier. Antibiotic creams can prevent or treat infections. After a third-degree burn, you need skin or synthetic grafts to cover exposed tissue and encourage new skin to grow. First- and second-degree burns usually heal without grafts.

 
 

In-Depth

Introduction | The Skin
Burns | Symptoms
Summary

 
 

Multimedia

This patient education program explains what burns are and how they can be treated. Included are the following sections: The Skin, Burns, and Symptoms & Treatment.

This button allows you to read and print an illustrated handout This button starts a multimedia program with interactive questions

This button allows you to read and print an illustrated handout

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This button allows you to read and print an illustrated handout.

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Last reviewed: 12/16/2008

 
     
 

.Selected topic overviews were adapted from Medlineplus, the National Library of Medicine *

 
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