If you ask enough people, you’re sure to encounter at least someone who has suffered a burn injury. If you inquire about how it occurred, they might tell you about any number of accidents that led to their injury. This may happen because there are so many burns that someone can suffer, including electrical, thermal, and chemical.
There are four primary types of burns, with first-degree being the more minor and fourth-degree the most serious. It can be helpful to know what distinguishes one type of burn from another.
What are the differences among the four types of burns?
Individuals who suffer a first-degree burn only have to worry about it affecting the epidermis, which is the top skin layer. Anyone who suffers a first-degree burn can expect to experience redness, pain and swelling at or around where the contact with the heat or flame occurred.
Symptoms that individuals with second-degree burns may notice include discoloring of their skin, blisters, discomfort and swelling where the heat source made contact with their bodies. Second-degree burns not only impact the epidermis but also affect the dermis and papillary layers underneath.
Third-degree burns tend to take on a white, leathery appearance, yet victims don’t often feel any pain at or around their injury site. Third-degree burns tend to permeate down to the deepest skin layers, including the dermis and reticular layers.
The most serious are fourth-degree burns. Doctors often refer to this type of burn as a full-thickness one. It leaves patients with noticeable charring and affects some of the deepest layers of the skin, including the hypodermis and subcutaneous tissue.
What can you do if someone’s negligence causes your burns?
Property owners, product manufacturers, employers and fellow motorists all share a common responsibility, which is to prioritize the safety of others. You may be able to hold them accountable for any expenses or losses you incur if they fail to uphold their responsibilities, resulting in burns or other injuries.