Marvin Gaye is healing, Taylor Swift is crying, Kenny G is seducing, and all in the name of love. Yes, it is nearly that time of the year when roses sell for more than premium gas, when old, under-tempered chocolate is consumed by the ton, and when every person is miserable, single or not. It is Valentine’s Day, when a burning love reigns supreme, whether that be the love between two or more people, between a person and their animal(s), or between a person and themselves food. Either way, burning passion may be exciting, but burns are not—and with the increase in candles bought, dinners being made by amateurs, and angry ex-boyfriend bonfires, it is no wonder the American Burn Association made the week before Valentine’s Day National Burn Awareness Week.
According to the American Burn Association, there were approximately 486,000 medically treated burn injuries and 40,000 hospitalizations related to burn injuries last year.
The most common causes of burn injuries in 2015 were:
Burns are measured in degrees, meaning the more severe a burn the higher the degree. Technically there are 4 degrees of burning, but I’ll be omitting the fourth in this post. Determining burn depth is very important when figuring out how to treat the wound. Things to consider are temperature, mechanism, duration of contact, blood flow to skin, and anatomic location. Age is also an important aspect to consider as young children and older adults have thinner skin.
First degree burns are the most common and least severe of all burns. Think, pulling a plate out of the microwave that isn’t microwave safe or not wearing sunscreen while at Kings Dominion. They typically burn only the outer layer of skin (epidermis) and while they do not blister usually, the skin is red and painful. Second degree burns are often classified as partial or full thickness burns, meaning they burn through and destroy the epidermis and burn into the upper layers of the dermis or middle layer of skin tissue. Blisters are present, burns can take up to a month to heal, and scarring is a viable possibility. Skin grafting may be needed to heal. Third degree burns are the most severe and burns are only classified as third degree if all layers of the skin are destroyed. The burned areas will appear charred and will be dry, and no pain is associated with these burns as all nerve endings will have been seared away.
When you have been burned your immediate thought should be to stop the burning. Below are some guidelines from WebMD on how to handle burns.
Around 43% of burns happen inside the home. This Valentine’s Day, and every day, keep the physical burning to a minimum by being careful with open flames, hot food and beverages, and any electrical appliances. If alcohol has been imbibed set an alarm on your phone to blow out the candles or put out the fireplace. Do not leave hot beverages, cooking oil, hot pans or anything near the edge of tables or counters, and if you have little ones or pets, keep an eye out for curious fingers and paws.
While this Valentine’s Day I may be standing in line at Qdoba kissing people on the cheek for free burritos or cuddling with Louie, my cat, that does not mean you can’t imbibe the natural passion of the day. Just be careful with the heat, and if you feel the burn, stop, drop, and roll… together.
Happy Valentine’s Day from Curcio Law!
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