The skin is the largest organ of the body, with one of the most important roles. It protects us from harmful elements and provides us with sensation. When we experience a skin injury, we may be susceptible to germs and other bacteria that may be life-threatening(1).
One of the most serious skin injuries is caused by burns and scalds. A study by Mani, et al. in 2019, brings attention to the severity of the concern among children and Malaysians who lose a child every fourteen days over a preventable burn injury(2).
What are burns and scalds?
Burns are tissue damages that can be caused by exposure to heat, electricity, radiation, chemicals, and over-exposure to the sun(3). Burn injuries are caused by dry heat like exposure to fire or the sun. Scald, on the other hand, is caused by wet heat like steam or hot liquids. Treatment for these skin injuries is determined by its location and how serious the damage is(4).