Scald Burn

A scald burn is a type of thermal injury caused by contact with hot liquids or steam. Scald burns are among the most common types of burn injuries, particularly in young children and the elderly, who may be more vulnerable to accidental spills or immersion in hot water.

Scald burns can range from mild to severe, depending on factors such as the temperature of the liquid, the duration of contact, and the area of the body affected. Superficial scald burns may cause redness, pain, and blistering, while deeper burns can result in significant tissue damage and scarring.

Treatment for scald burns typically involves immediate first aid measures to cool the burn area with cool water and remove any clothing or jewelry that may retain heat. Depending on the severity of the burn, medical treatment may be necessary, including wound care, pain management, and possibly skin grafting to promote healing and reduce scarring.

Preventing scald burns involves taking precautions such as setting water heaters to a safe temperature, testing bathwater or hot beverages before use, and using oven mitts or pot holders when handling hot objects in the kitchen.