What Are Burns and What Causes Burns?

Q:
What are burns and what causes burns?

A:
What are burns?

Burns are a type of injury to skin, or other tissues, caused by heat, cold, electricity, chemicals, friction, or radiation. Burns can be minor medical problems or life-threatening emergencies. Many people die each year from fire-related burn injuries.

Causes
Many things can cause burns, including:

  • Fire
  • Hot liquid or steam
  • Hot metal, glass or other objects
  • Electrical currents
  • Radiation from X-rays or radiation therapy to treat cancer
  • Sunlight or ultraviolet light from a sunlamp or tanning bed
  • Chemicals such as strong acids, lye, paint thinner or gasoline
  • Abuse

 

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