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April 18, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 196

You will want to seek treatment for a burn immediately after the incident occurs. Depending on where you work the risk of a burn injury can be great. Exposure to fire, electrical wires and equipment or various chemicals greatly increase the likelihood of being involved in a burn accident.

Treatment for a burn will vary depending on the severity, or degree of the burn.

  • First-degree burns: On the burn scale this is the least serious type ob burn. You may be surprised to hear that sunburns are included in first-degree burns. By definition this level of burn leaves skin red, irritated, potentially swollen. You can expect to feel uncomfortable or mild pain.
  • Second-degree burns: A second-degree burn is considerably more serious. Healing time is likely 1-3 weeks. Damage to the skin is greater and can include blistering, and serious pain and redness as well as swelling. A second-degree burn has gone into the second layer of skin.
  • Third-degree burns: Believe it or not a third-degree burn isn't usually as painful as a first or second-degree burn. However this is because the burn has gone so deep that the nerves that transmit pain have been damaged. Beyond the skin there can also be damage to muscle and fat or even bone.
  • Fourth-degree burns: This is the most serious type of burn. If this degree of burn happens to an arm, leg, hand or foot it will most certainly mean amputation. This is because burns of this degree cannot be healed with skin grafts and there will be damage through the skin, into the tissue and the muscle and bone beneath.

If you have suffered from a minor burn there are a few things you should do immediately:

1. Cool the area - The first step of burn treatment is to stop the heat caused by a burn. You can do this by running the area under cool water or using a cold compress.

2. Cover the burn - Use a sterilized bandage made of gauze to cover the burn. Make sure the material you use will not leave lint or any residue in the wound.

3. Clean and treat - Clean the area of the burn and use an ointment to assist in pain relief and to jump start healing. Antibiotic ointment or an aloe cream is a good choice.

4. Remove blisters - In the case of burns you do not want blisters to form. This tissue is a breeding ground for bacteria to grow and can lead to an infection.

5. Treat pain - If you are experiencing pain from your burn treat it with an over-the-counter pain reliever. Any basic pain medicine will do.

6. Seek medical attention - If a burn is more severe than second-degree you need to contact a doctor and be evaluated. If your burn is causing you concern, have it checked out.

In the event of a more serious burn these steps do not apply. Serious burns should not be submerged in water and clothing should not be removed. It is best to cover the burn with a sterile bandage that is cold and wet until a medical professional arrives and can evaluate the situation. If at all possible the burned area should be raised above the heart.

If you work with chemicals, electricity or even in a restaurant you are at risk of a burn. Make sure to take precautions at work and at home to prevent a burn and have sterile gauze on hand in the event that you need to treat a burn.

At the Law Offices of Dworkin & Maciariello we specialize in Illinois workers compensation cases. Speak with Chicago work injury attorneys and learn how you are protected by the Illinois employee workers compensation rights. Suffering from an injury at work can be stressful. Working with an Illinois work injury lawyers can help you get through and get you the compensation you deserve.

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