Accidents can happen when you least expect them and even when you try to be careful. Third-degree burns are especially severe. There are a few sources that typically cause third-degree burn injuries for Texas residents.
What is a third-degree burn?
A third-degree burn is one of the most serious types of burn injury. It is also known as a full-thickness burn as it destroys the epidermis, which is the outer layer of the skin, and the next layer of skin, the dermis. The sweat glands, hair follicles and tissue found within both layers of skin are also damaged with a third-degree burn.
Serious accidents and catastrophic injuries like third-degree burns often go hand-in-hand. Many people who survive after suffering third-degree burns require extensive skin grafts.
What are the symptoms of a third-degree burn?
A third-degree burn has symptoms that include oddly discolored skin. The skin might appear to be white, gray, black, brown or yellow. It often appears dry, waxy or leathery in feel and may swell. The affected area also feels no pain due to nerve damage.
Another common symptom of third-degree burns is shock. Fatal accidents and catastrophic injuries such as these often result in the victim going into shock if the body is unable to adequately act through an inflammatory response. Shock can occur when the person is lacking enough oxygen. Infections are also common with third-degree burns.
What can cause third-degree burns?
Third-degree burns are often caused by exposure to fire, electricity, scalding liquid, chemicals like acids and explosions. They can even be caused by extended contact with a very hot object.
These injuries are severe and often life-threatening. Immediate treatment, including hospitalization, is typically required.