What is burn?

Heat or chemical injury to the skin, nerves, blood vessels, and internal organs can cause burns. Burns that involve the hands, face, feet, genitals, or cover an extremity (arm or leg) or the chest are particularly dangerous.

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A burn is a lesion caused by heat or any cauterizing agent, including friction, electricity and electromagnetic energy. There are three degrees of burns: First degree burns have only redness, swelling and pain involving only the epidermis. Second degree shows redness and blisters involving both the epidermis and the dermis. Third degree affects the entire thickness of the skin and underlying muscle tissue, subcutaneous fat, and bone is destroyed often with much scarring. Second degree burns, if extensive, and third degree burns need immediate medical care. Go immediately to the hospital emergency room. A doctor's office usually is not equipped to handle this type of emergency.

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Relieves the pain of a sore mouth or throat. Also used to relieve the pain caused by minor burns, sunburn, insect bites, and other medical problems. May also be used by men to treat premature ejaculation (a sexual problem) and prolong an erection.

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Burn Causes, Diagnosis, Symptoms, and Treatment on MedicineNet.com

Mar 16, 2011 ... The amount of damage that a burn can cause depends upon its location, its depth, and how much body surface area that it involves. ...

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Burns, especially scalds from hot water and liquids, are some of the most common childhood accidents. Minor burns often can be safely treated at home, ...

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First Aid: Burns -- familydoctor.org

Learn about basic first aid for burns, and when you should see a doctor.

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Burn Institute

The Burn Institute is a non-profit health agency dedicated to reducing burn injuries and deaths through fire and burn prevention education, burn survivor ...

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American Burn Association

The ABA is dedicated to: stimulating and sponsoring the study and research in acute care, rehabilitation, and prevention of burns; providing a forum for ...

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Burn Wise | US EPA

Burn Wise is a partnership program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that emphasizes the importance of burning the right wood, the right way, ...

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First Aid Burn Treatment - How to Treat a Burn

Nov 13, 2010 ... Burns destroy skin and lead to complications. Learn how to treat a burn before you need to.

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Burning Calories - How to Walk for Weight Control

Feb 9, 2011 ... Calories burned walking - how many calories are burned by walking. Chart of calories burned at each walking speed.

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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:

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Eye burning - itching and discharge
Eye burning with discharge is burning, itching, or drainage from the eye of any substance other than tears.

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Burning Bush
Wahoo is a deciduous shrub or small tree that grows up to 25 feet high. The bark is gray and its smooth, somewhat quadrangular branches bear opposite, elliptic, pointed leaves that are finely serrate and fine-haired underneath. Axillary cymes of 7 or more purple flowers appear during June. The fruit develops in October and is a scarlet, four-lobed capsule containing brown seeds with scarlet arils. Its most striking appearance is presented in winter, when its pale purple fruits have burst open and been exposed by the fallen leaves, all against a backdrop of glaring snow. It is this appearance which has earned it the nickname of burning bush. Wahoo can be recognized by the unusual structure of its fruit after the leaves drop in the autumn. For medicinal use, the bark should be gathered in the fall. The fruits may be attractive but they are considered poisonous and should not be used.

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Burning mouth syndrome
Burning mouth syndrome causes chronic burning pain in your mouth. The pain from burning mouth syndrome may affect your tongue, gums, lips, inside of your cheeks, roof of your mouth, or widespread areas of your whole mouth. The pain can be severe, as if you scalded your mouth.

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Lidocaine belongs to the family of medicines called local anesthetics. When lidocaine is applied to the skin, it produces pain relief by blocking the signals at the nerve endings in the skin. Lidocaine topical systems are used to relieve pain and discomfort associated with herpes zoster virus infection of the skin (shingles).

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Burns and scalds
An external burn is damage to your skin's tissues caused by either direct contact with something hot, such as fire, or by radiated heat from an extreme source, such as the sun. Burns can also be caused by certain chemicals, electricity and friction. A scald is a burn that is caused by a hot liquid or steam. Scalds are managed in the same way as burns.

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Treats pain in a certain body area. Also used to numb (decrease feeling in) an area before a procedure.

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Burns - resources
The following organization is a good resource for information on burns: American Burn Association - www.ameriburn.org

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Chemical Burns
Chemical burns can occur in the home, at work or school, and as a result of accident or assault. Although few people in the United States die after contact with chemicals in the home, many substances common in both living and storage areas can do serious harm. Many chemical burns occur accidentally through misuse of products such as those for hair, skin, and nail care. Although injuries do occur at home, the risk of sustaining a chemical burn is much greater in the workplace, especially in businesses and manufacturing plants that use large quantities of chemicals.

Burn type differentiation
Question: What is the difference between first-, second-, and third-degree burns Answer: First-degree burns involve red skin, mild swelling, and some pain. Second-degree burns are very painful and involve red skin with blisters that may open and ooze clear fluid. Third-degree burns are often extremely painful. However, they may be painless if nerves have been damaged. In this type of burn, layers of skin are destroyed and skin appears brown or charred. See burns for more information.

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Burn - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A burn is a type of injury to flesh caused by heat, electricity, chemicals, light, radiation or friction. Most burns only affect the skin (epidermal tissue ...

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