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How to Treat Burns from Gunpowder Used at New Year’s Eve Parties

Deep burns increase the risk of complications such as scars, loss of mobility of various parts of the body or even amputation of extremities such as fingers, hands, feet or genitals.

It is very common that, during the end of the year holidays, cases of Burns first, second and third grade in children and adults who manipulate fireworks. Recently the National Institute of Health and the Ministry of Health showed the figures recorded at the national level of injured people. Of the total it is considered that the 60% of them handled the gunpowder, while 25% were observers.

Regarding the types of injury, the report indicates that 92% suffered Burns, the 66% laceration, 24% contusion, 9% amputation, 8% eye damage and 2% hearing damage. Gunpowder explosion injuries mostly affect children and minors, marking them for life both physically and emotionally.

The most effective way to avoid one of these fireworks injuries is prevention. That is why the use or contact with objects that contain gunpowder such as rockets, fireworks, sparklers, volcanoes and flyers is not recommended.

Burns occur on the skin due to the effect of heat; the higher the temperature and the longer the contact time, the deeper they become and the risk of complications such as Scars, loss of mobility of various parts of the body or even amputation of extremities such as fingers, hands, feet or genitals.

How to detect and give first aid to a minor burn

Minor or mild burns can be identified quickly, since those affected have redness of the skin, blisters or blisters, stabbing pain and swelling.

To treat them, it is recommended to follow the following first steps, but it is also advisable to contact emergency services immediately:

  • The affected person should be moved away from the object that caused the burn.
  • Wash the burned area with warm water and neutral soap for 20 minutes. Contrary to what is thought, Cold water deepens the Burn. This action will eliminate harmful substances, reduce pain and reduce swelling.
  • In mild or first degree burns, it is recommended to apply moisturizing cream every 3 hours, for 4 days. The discomfort should disappear in less than 6 days, otherwise you should consult your doctor
  • Second and third degree burns should be evaluated by a doctor immediately.
  • If the Burn covers a large area of ​​skin, it is suggested cover it with clean, damp cloths during transport to the hospital to prevent external agents and contaminants from falling into the wound

In the event of a burn, it is very important to go to the nearest emergency service for evaluation and medical attention that may involve from a cure to major surgery.

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