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Burns

Most burns are minor injuries that occur at home or work. It is common to get a minor burn from hot water, a curling iron, or touching a hot stove.

Physicians Immediate Care is ready to help if your child suffers a burn.

Afterwards, home treatment is usually all that is needed for healing and to prevent other problems, such as infection.

There are many types of burns:

  • Heat burns (thermal burns) are caused by fire, steam, hot objects, or hot liquids.
  • Scald burns with hot liquid are the most common burns to children and older adults.
  • Electrical burns are caused by contact with electrical sources or by lightning.
  • Chemical burns are caused by contact with household or industrial chemicals in a liquid, solid, or gas form. Natural foods such as chili peppers, which contain a substance irritating to the skin, can cause a burning sensation.
  • Radiation burns are caused by the sun, tanning booths, sunlamps, X-rays, or radiation therapy for cancer treatment.
  • Friction burns are caused by contact with any hard surface such as roads, carpets, or gym floor surfaces. They are usually both a scrape abrasion and heat burn. Friction burns to the skin are seen in athletes who fall on floors, courts, or tracks. Motorcycle or bicycle riders who have road accidents while not wearing protective clothing might get friction burns.

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