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Scalding a Common Source of Burn Injuries

By Kelly Balamuth on March 29, 2012

Scalding, or a burn caused by hot liquids, is one of the most common types of burn injuries seen in hospitals nationwide, according to a recent article on Patch.com. However, many families don’t think about the dangers of scalding. Worse, few people know how to treat a scalding burn properly – and improper treatment can make the damage worse.

Scalds are particularly common in microwaves. A microwave’s method of heating liquids often leaves them heated unevenly and can also lead to “superheating,” or situations in which the water becomes hotter than it needs to turn into steam, but stays a liquid. When the water is moved, it turns to steam, and can create splashes or clouds that can cause serious burns.

Northern California Burn InjuryWhen treating a scalding burn, use cool water, not ice. Putting ice on a burn changes the temperature of the skin too quickly from a too-hot burning state to a too-cold freezing one, which causes additional tissue damage and can even create frostbite along with the burn. Cool water, on the other hand, draws out the heat of the burn without causing additional trauma to the skin. Those who suffer serious scalds should not just treat the injury themselves, but seek medical attention immediately.

Often, scalds are caused by accidents or defective products. If you or someone you love has been burned in an accident, don’t wait: call the experienced San Francisco burn injury attorneys at Balamuth Law today. We will help you understand your legal rights and options and choose the best steps to protect yourself and your family. Call today at (888) 254-1234 for a free, confidential consultation.

Attorney Kelly Balamuth was profiled in the
September 2013 Issue of Plaintiff Magazine.

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