Most burns are accidental. But some burns may not be accidental.
Intentional burns, such as immersion in a bathtub of hot water, can occur in
abuse situations. Suspect physical abuse of a child or
vulnerable adult when:
Any injury cannot be explained or does not match
Repeated injuries occur.
change for how the injury happened.
You may be able to prevent further abuse by reporting it.
Climate change isn't just increasing outdoor temperatures and warming up the
oceans. It may also greatly increase your chances of getting a really bad case
of poison ivy.
As the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increases, it's boosting
the growth of poison ivy plants, two recent studies show. These elevated carbon
dioxide levels are creating bigger, stronger poison ivy plants that produce
more urushiol, the oil that causes the allergic reaction and miserable poison
ivy rash. The urushiol...
An intentional burn can also occur when a person burns himself or
herself (self-inflicted burns). The person with a self-inflicted burn will need
a mental health evaluation as well as medical treatment.
It is important to have intentional burns evaluated by a health
Primary Medical Reviewer
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
January 4, 2011
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January 04, 2011
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