The treatment of burns depends on the depth, area and location of the burn. Burn depth is generally categorized as first, second or third degree. A first degree burn is superficial and has similar characteristics to a typical sun burn. The skin is red in color and sensation is intact. In fact, it is usually somewhat painful. Second degree burns look similar to the first degree burns; however, the damage is now severe enough to cause blistering of the skin and the pain is usually somewhat more intense. In third degree burns the damage has progressed to the point of skin death. The skin is white and without sensation.
- Burn, first degree
A superficial burn with similar characteristics to a typical sunburn. The skin is red in color, without blistering, sensation is intact, and the burn is usually somewhat painful.
- Burn, second degree
A burn severe enough to cause blistering of the skin. The pain of a second-degree burn is usually somewhat more intense than the pain of a first-degree burn.
- Burn, third degree
A burn in which the damage has progressed to the point of skin death. The skin is white and without sensation. In extreme cases damage may extend beyond the skin and into underlying tissue. In these cases the skin may be blackened or burned away. Unless skin grafts are feasible, loss of the affected limb, […]
- Burning mouth syndrome
An intense burning sensation on the tongue, often at the tip of the tongue. Burning mouth syndrome tends to develop in ‘supertasters”people with an unusually large density of taste buds, each surrounded by pain fibers’and in postmenopausal women, who may lose their ability to sense bitter tastes as a result of burning mouth syndrome.
Burp: 1. Gas brought up from the stomach through the mouth producing a gutteral noise. 2. As a verb, to bring up gas from the stomach through the mouth. Also to help a baby bring up gas after feeding by rubbing or patting its back.