Burn injuries have a variety of causes and, depending on the cause, are classified into types. The most common include:
Thermal Burns – Associated with contact with heated items like metals, scalding liquids, steam, or flames.
Scald Burns – Caused by hot liquids and steam. These types of burns can very quickly cause painful and serious burns.
Chemical Burns – Form when the skin comes in contact with strong acids, chemicals, or a common household item like an abrasive cleaning product, bleach, or paint thinner.
Flash Burns – Form when people are exposed to an explosion; the burn will be more severe the closer the person comes to the explosion.
Electrical Burns – Associated with a current jumping from low-voltage wires, an appliance cord, or an electrical outlet and passing through your body. Can cause burns and internal damage.
Inhalation Injury – Occur when a person breathes in fumes coming from heat, systemic toxins, or smoke. An inhalation burn may cause swelling in the upper airway, irritated sinuses, difficulty breathing, pain or tightness in the chest, or even carbon monoxide poisoning.