Serious Lacerations or Burns

Serious lacerations or burns can have serious impacts if not treated properly and attended to soon after the injury occurs.

Although all burns require care, typically a burn requires emergency medical attention if it has some of the following symptoms:

  • Dry, leathery, and/or discolored skin
  • Extreme swelling
  • Numbness or lack of pain around the burn due to the destruction of nerve endings
  • Blistering of the skin
  • Chemicals caused the burn
  • Electricity caused the burn

A laceration is a jagged cut contaminated with something involved in the injury. While home treatment can cure some lacerations, serious lacerations require immediate medical attention. If a laceration has any of the following characteristics, go to the ER:

  • Reveals bone or fat
  • Continues to bleed after 10-15 minutes of applying pressure
  • Occurs near a critical area. (Chest, joints, hands, or feet)
Leaving serious lacerations or burns untreated can lead to more extreme medical issues. It is imperative to visit the ER immediately after a laceration or burn with the above symptoms occurs.
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