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Severe Wound Victims: The Best Treatment Options

August 11, 20149 min
Burns can vary from mild to severe. Do you know the best treatment for your burn?Burn wounds can be extremely painful, alter your skin and could cause you to be self-conscious depending on where the burn is located on your body.Burn injuries are very common and are caused when your skin or other organ tissue comes in contact with electricity, friction, radioactivity, chemicals and radiation causing a burn.Burns can be challenging to cure, depending on the various degree of the burn you experienced. Sunburn is categorized as a first degree burn, a burn that causes blisters are second degree burns and a burn that goes all the way through your skin is third degree.According to the World Health Organization, burns are a serious health problem. In fact, an estimated 195,000 deaths happen annually due to burns caused by fires.If you're someone who has survived a burn, what are the different types of burn and wound treatment options?Depending on the degree of your burn, there are several treatment options. Typically for first and second-degree burns, you should moisturize your skin and keep the burn area covered. Unfortunately, due to the severity of third degree burns, you may need surgery.One surgical option is a skin graft. This procedure involves a skin transplant taken from a healthy, more covered area of your body (butt or inner thigh) and put on your burn wound.What are other treatment options if you've suffered from a third degree burn?Director at Brigham and Women's Hospital Burn Center, Dr. Bohdan Pomahac shares the various types of treatment options if you have a burn or wound.

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