Causes and Symptoms of Burns

  • Thermal - including flame, radiation, or excessive heat from fire, steam, and hot liquids and hot objects.
  • Radiation - such as from nuclear sources. Ultraviolet light is also a source of radiation burns.
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  • Light - burns caused by intense light sources or ultraviolet light, which includes sunlight.
  • Electrical - including electrical current and lightning.

Symptoms of Burns

Besides skin, burn injuries can affect muscles, bones, nerves, and blood vessels. The respiratory system can be damaged, with possible airway obstruction, respiratory failure and respiratory arrest. Burns impair the body's normal fluid/electrolyte (water & salt) balance, body temperature, body thermal regulation, joint function, manual dexterity. Patients may also suffer emotional and psychological problems.


ganzi Thursday, May 27, 2010

hello, I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this question but nonetheless, I hope people are generous enough to help. I was playing basketball and developed a water blister. I didn't pop/remove the outer-skin because A. I wanted to see what happens, and B. sheer laziness. However, after a day, the skin(the outer skin of the blister) turned black, and I feared they had died. So I removed them and put a band-aid over it. Did I take all the necessary precautions? If anyone has any sort of recommendations, please comment below.
BTW, I never saw blisters turning black before... it was quite alarming. Oh, and after I removed the top blackened skin, there was no bleeding or anything, just brownish residue I believe to be skin cells.

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