Degree Burns) are those which only effect the Epidermis. Sunburn is a
does burn thickness mean? and what difference does it make?
thickness is important because the different layers of the skin all
have many different functions. Your skin protects and insulates you.
It can grow new skin, regulate body temperature, grow hair, guard
against infection and communicate with your brain about what your
environment feels like. The supple flexibility of your skin allows
you to move and breath.
deep a burn penetrates through the layers of the skin determines
which of these functions may be damaged and which of these functions
may be lost forever. A close inspection of the texture, moisture,
color and general appearance of a burn will give you important clues
regarding what thickness or “degree” of burn the patient has
1st degree burns
• These burns involve only the uppermost layer of the skin, also
known as the
epidermis. The epidermis is a thin layer of cells that coat the outer
surface of the body. This thin coating of cells is what we
traditionally think of when we reference the skin.
• The epidermis functions primarily as a protective layer. It
protects us from infection and UV rays.
• Burns of the epidermis are red and painful. They do not tend to
blister. Blisters are the first sign of damage to the dermal layer
below the epidermis. Contact burns that redden and hurt but do not
also classified as 1st Degree Burns.
the initial cooling, a Burn Cream or Aloe Vera can be applied to keep
the air currents from causing pain.