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Treatment – Second degree burns require medical assistance and antibiotics are often prescribed to help healing process. Call for medical help as soon as burn occurs and make sure not to apply any form of lotion or greasy substance to wound. These trap in heat and prevent wound from healing correctly.
3.Third Degree Burns – Third degree burns destroy dermis and epidermis and often affect other organs, tissues and bones. Third degree burns are considered most serious of burns and often produce charred patches on skin which are white, brown or black. There will likely be very little pain for a victim experiencing a third degree burn since nerves will likely be destroyed and victim may be in shock.
Treatment – All third degree burns require medical attention and it is crucial to get victim to hospital (or an ambulance on scene) immediately. You can assist victim by removing jewelry and tight clothing from burnt area before swelling occurs. Do not try and remove clothes if they are stuck to wound. Never apply ice, cold water, lotions, ointments sprays or any other form of liquid to wound. Third degree burns often require cosmetic surgery or skin grafting in order to heal.
Learning and understanding types of burns and their treatment methods can potentially save your own life or life of someone else.
Steve Larson is a volunteer firefighter who is passionate about saving lives. This led him to take a freelance writing position for http://www.firstaid101.com – which offers information about first aid and first aid kits - including information on creating things like a camping first aid kit.