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Contact Burn Treatment

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:

  1. Cigarettes: 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.

  2. 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 unattended.

  3. 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.

  4. Irons: Electric 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.

  5. Exhaust Pipes: 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.

  6. Soldering Equipment:Soldering iron or equipment burns typically occur at work where soldering irons or soldering equipment is used in manufacturing or assembly practices.

  7. 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.

  8. Bedside Lamps:Bedside 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.

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