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Did you know that approximately every 60 seconds, someone in the United States sustains a burn injury serious enough to require treatment? With that sobering statistic in mind, the American Burn Association is asking everyone to observe National Burn Awareness Week, which this year is slated for February 6-12. This public safety initiative brings together wound, burn, fire, and life safety educators to share common burn awareness information and prevention tips, with this year’s focus being on cooking safety.

At StrideWoundCare, we treat patients for painful burns caused by exposing the skin to everything from hot or boiling liquids to chemicals, fires, open electrical currents, and more. We agree awareness efforts such as National Burn Awareness Week help people recognize how to avoid many of these wounds and get them back to enjoying life.

Are You Experiencing Any of These Signs of a Serious Burn Injury?

  • Redness, swelling, and inflammation
  • A waxy, white appearance to the damaged skin
  • A dark brown or charred appearance
  • Raised, leathery texture
  • Blisters

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Burn Wounds Are a Bigger Problem Than You May Think

More than 400,000 people receive treatment for a burn injury each year, making them one of the leading causes of unintentional death and injury in the United States. Each burn is unique to its specific situation. However, many of our patients find they receive burns from household appliances and other related circumstances. That may include a burn from a hot or boiling liquid like coffee or water, a burn from an open electrical current like a faulty outlet or exposed wire, a burn from a chemical substance such as household cleaners, or a burn injury from a stovetop or oven.

Burn injury cooking

While lots of people only suffer a first-degree burn injury that only result in red skin that isn’t blistered, others are much more serious and may require additional care. These can include:

  • Second-degree burn — These painful burns result in slight blistering and thickening of the affected skin. Second-degree burns affect both the epidermis and second layer of the skin and can, in some cases, cause scarring. If widespread, these burns will need immediate medical attention, possibly from a specialized burn or wound facility.
  • Third-degree burn — These burns extend to all layers of the skin and may also damage the underlying tissue. They cause thickening of the skin with a white, almost leathery appearance and may require skin grafts. A person with a third-degree burn injury will require hospitalization, and additional treatment will be needed.
  • Fourth-degree burn — This causes significant injury to deeper tissues, including muscle, tendons, and bone. A patient likely won’t have any feeling in the burn area since all nerve endings are likely destroyed.

Burns in Lewisville, TX

Complex wounds, which include significant burn injuries, are difficult to manage and result in $39 billion being spent on wounds annually. These injuries ultimately damage the skin and underlying tissue, causing swelling that deprives damaged cells of critical oxygen. As a result, what appears to be a simple wound doesn’t heal as quickly.

The American Burn Association believes many burn injuries are 100% preventable. They encourage everyone to make simple environmental and behavioral changes that can save lives. Every year, the ABA launches a campaign that focuses on a specific area of burn injuries. Last year, it was Electrical Safety. The year before was Contact Burns. The aforementioned 2022 campaign is focused on cooking safety.

Below are a few cooking safety tips from the ABA to help prevent a burn injury.

7 Tips to Prevent Kitchen Burns

1. Protect against splatter burns.

When frying, use a pan lid at all times to prevent hot water, grease, cooking oil, and other cooking liquids from splattering and unintentionally landing on your exposed skin.

2. Never leave your stove unattended.

Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you must leave, be diligent about turning off the stove. If you don’t, whatever you are cooking could eventually boil over and either burn you directly or cause a fire.

3. Keep your stovetop clear.

Always wipe clean the stove, oven, exhaust fan, and any other areas of the stove to prevent grease buildup and other hidden burn-related dangers.

4. Keep your children safe in the kitchen.

While many burn injuries happen to adults, just as many if not more victims are children who are unaware of cooking dangers. The ABA recommends having a “kid-free zone” of at least three feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.

Burn injury child safety

5. Dress appropriately.

Wear short or close-fitting sleeves when cooking to avoid a burn injury.

6. Monitor your appliances at all times.

Monitoring your appliances after you are finished using them is equally as important as being careful while you use them. After cooking, check the kitchen to make sure all burners and other appliances are turned off.

7. Stay alert at all times.

It should go without saying, but an important note during National Burn Awareness Week is to remind everyone that the best time to cook is when you are wide awake. You never want to be drowsy from medications, alcohol, or simply a long day at work.

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When To See a Wound Care Professional

If you have a burn injury that you’re worried isn’t healing quickly enough, it is never too early to visit a wound care professional. It could be that the wound is healing just fine and that nothing needs to be done. But if it’s been a few weeks, seeking treatment now can avoid further complications. In general, you will want to see a specialist if your wound isn’t showing signs of healing after two weeks or hasn’t healed completely after six weeks. Additional signs that you could be heading down a difficult path include redness and swelling in the affected area, increased pain, and an inability to move the affected area, and even pus or an odorous discharge.

A thorough evaluation can be performed on the burn wound itself as well as asking more questions to better understand your medical history and how that may or may not be contributing.

The StrideWoundCare Team Are Experts at Treating a Burn Injury

If you have a slow healing wound or burn injury it may be time to consult a wound care specialist. If not treated properly, seemingly minor wounds may get worse. The team at StrideWoundCare works together to design an individualized treatment program based on your medical history and the severity of your wound. We are experts at assessing and treating the most complicated non-healing wounds. In addition to providing excellent wound care, our nurses will manage your case to identify barriers to healing and make sure all your needs are met.

At StrideWoundCare, we create a treatment plan that meets your individual needs while keeping you involved in the process. We offer easy access to our wound care services, including multiple outpatient locations throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. For a consultation with one of our experts, please contact us at 214-285-9200 or complete the appointment form.

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StrideWoundCare serves the D/FW area including Plano, Frisco, Allen, McKinney, Irving, Grand Prairie, Denton, Flower Mound, Sherman, Dennison, HEB, Hutchins, Duncanville, DeSoto, Cedar Hill, Lancaster, Cockrell Hill, Dallas, Mesquite, Lewisville, Craig Ranch, Arlington, Fort Worth, Addison, Carrollton, Richardson, Garland, Highland Park, University Park, Park Cities, and all North Texas.

Prior to starting any new treatment or questions regarding a medical condition, always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health provider. This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice.