Burns are always quite painful to experience. However, the severity of the burn depends on what happened and how it happened. First degree burns are the most common type of burns to experience, and they are the least severe of them all. They involve skin that goes red but does not exhibit any blisters. As such these burns can be easier to treat at home. Cool water poured onto the burns should help alleviate the pain and the burning sensation.
Of course most of us will do everything we can to prevent ourselves from getting burned in any way. We may not always succeed but for the most part we are alert to the potential damage that can be done. However, you can never be sure of whether someone else might do something to cause you to experience a burn.
Are superficial first degree burns easy to heal?
Yes they will usually heal on their own without much problem. However, it is usually advisable to see your GP if you have experienced a particularly large burn or if it has occurred to a joint. It is also wise to have facial burns checked out if at all possible. This may make it easier to receive the appropriate treatment for your first degree burns.
Even though these are the least severe of all the burn types, they can still be painful. Depending on where they occur it might also be uncomfortable to wear clothing over the burn for a few days while it heals. In some cases there is evidence that negligence occurred and led to the burn occurring in the first place. For example a class of children may have been taken outside for a lesson in blazing sunshine and several cases of sunburn resulted.
One layer of skin
With these burns they only affect the outer layer of the skin. This means there will be no underlying damage. The burn may not scar at all once it has healed.
If you got burnt, it is worth speaking with an advisor at Accident Advice Helpline if you were not to blame. If it is deemed someone else was to blame for the burn occurring, this can help support a no win, no fee* compensation claim. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 to find out whether you could make a claim in your position.
Date Published: June 18, 2015
Author: David Brown