What is a Burn?
Burns are wounds caused by thermal, electrical, chemical, or electromagnetic energy. Smoking and using an open flame are the leading causes of burns in older adults. The most common type of burn injury in children is scalding.
Almost half a million Americans go to the doctor every year because they were burned by accident. Most first-degree burns and second-degree burns can be healed at home. Burns of the third degree and fourth degree can be life-threatening and need special care from a doctor.