Contact burns are injuries which
results from hot objects come in contact with the skin. Burn marks on
the skin usually resembles the pattern that of the hot object.
Contact burns can come from a
variety of objects common to household, office, or in outdoors. Some
of the typical sources of contact burns:
Cigarette burns are accidental in nature but multiple ones are
highly distrustful. Burns from cigarettes emerge to be circular and
punched out. Depending on the length of contact, blisters or deep
sores may develop. More often than not cigarette burns happen when
adults accidentally bump children while walking.
Open Fires, heaters, and
pot-bellied stoves: Open fire, home heater or wood burning stove
burns commonly occur at home. Open fires, gas or electronic heaters
and wood burning stoves can deliver a quick and painful second or
third degree contact burn. Never leave open fires or wood burning
Stoves and Ovens:
Stoves and oven burns are the most common type of burn as people
cook on stoves and ovens daily. To avoid stove or oven contact burns
be aware when stoves or ovens are in use and let your family know.
irons are becoming less common as most types of clothing no longer
require ironing. However, irons left on and unattended can easily
cause unintentional burns when people come in contact with irons and
do not realize the are on.
Exhaust pipe or auto tail pipe burns usually occur from automobiles
when the are parked after being used. The tail or exhaust pipes
remain hot for prolonged periods of time following use and can
result in painful contact burns.
iron or equipment burns typically occur at work where soldering
irons or soldering equipment is used in manufacturing or assembly
Ashes and Coals:Third
world countries and regions where coal and wood burning fire places
or stoves are used cause contact burns. Ashes and coals can remain
hot for long periods of time following ignition.
lamps light bulbs can become extremely hot resulting in contact
burns if touched. Bulbs cool quickly and should be tested for
hotness before being removed.
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Contact Burn: First-Aid Treatment
Start of with 10 minutes of
running cold water on the burned area. If the burned area has pieces
of clothing attached, do not attempt to remove them to avoid
infection of open wound.
For child patients, be sure to
keep them warm while cooling their burns with 20 minutes of cold
water. Do not apply ice, butter, and ointments that may retain the
heat around the burned area.
If burns are on sensitive areas
of children, see a doctor immediately. Seek emergency medical
assistance if the burn is severe as it leaves a raw area in the skin.
Contact Burn: Prevention
In kitchens, be sure to cover
cooking metals with heat guard when they are in use. Look for
low-conducting metal guards for efficient heat prevention.
When cooking on ovens and
stoves, it would be safe if you build a doorway barrier to minimize
the access of your children to hot objects.
Keep iron chords and the iron
itself away from children’s reach. Always remember that even
when the iron is turned off immediately from use, it still has
sufficient heat to cause contact burns.