Burns in the skin can happen in many ways and possibly cause by many reasons, and it can happen anywhere at any time , then knowing if it can be treated with just a first aid or needs medical attention and a doctor’s care has to be immediately assessed on occurrence.
In many cases of burns, these are gotten from the most common factors like fires, including flames from candles, matches, and lighters, chemical and electrical burns, scalding from hot, boiling liquids, or perhaps just due to excessive sun exposure.
To better address concerns about burns, you need to know the different levels of burns, so you can best identify the right treatment for each, there is the third-degree burn that shows a widespread thickness with a white, leathery appearance and the most severe one, the second-degree burns which have blisters and some thickening of the skin, and the first-degree burns that shows red, non blistered skin.
In general, the kind of treatment that is needed for burns depends more on the depth, area and location of the burn and in most cases those burns that includes significant parts like the eyes, mouth, hands, and genital areas should always be treated by medical professionals, even if they are mild, if they are as the size of your palm or larger.
For second and third degree burns, considered a major burn, first aid must be administered first before anything else, and that can be done by taking the patient out from the burning area and taking off any burning material from him or her, and then call 911, and then keep the patient in a safe place, warm and still with the burned wrapped if possible in a clean sheet as you wait for the emergency rescue to bring the patient to the hospital.
In cases of minor burns, that is from first to second degree, it can be treated immediately by washing the burned and damaged area with lukewarm water, remove from the body any form of jewelry that can cause any obstruction, swelling or inflammation, then apply a topical antibiotic ointment to this burned area and do not use butter, and if there is a need to see a doctor or have tetanus shot then you might as well do that too.
Being cautious and ensuring safety all the time is always the key to be free from any possible danger, and to learn more on the basics of first aid especially when situations in the likes of getting burned may possibly save a life that you can never tell when.