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3 complications of severe burns from accidents

On Behalf of | Mar 20, 2024 | blog, personal injury |

Severe burns are among the most damaging injuries a person can experience from an accident. While the initial pain and trauma are undeniable, the long-term effects of severe burns can be equally challenging.

There are a few potential complications that you might experience as a result of significant burns.

1. Infection

When a burn compromises the skin’s protective barrier, bacteria and other microorganisms can easily enter the body, leading to potentially life-threatening infections. Your burn may require extensive wound care, antibiotics and close monitoring to prevent and treat infections. In severe cases, sepsis can develop, causing widespread inflammation and organ failure.

2. Contractures

As burn wounds heal, the skin may tighten and pull, leading to a complication known as contractures. This occurs when the scar tissue that forms during the healing process shrinks, limiting the mobility of the affected area. Contractures can be particularly problematic when they involve joints, such as the elbows, knees or hands, making it difficult to perform everyday tasks. Physical therapy and surgical interventions may be necessary to release the tightened skin and restore range of motion.

3. Psychological trauma

The physical scars of severe burns are visible reminders of the trauma endured, but the psychological impact can be just as profound. You might struggle with anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder as they come to terms with their altered appearance and the challenges of recovery. Seeking mental health support is beneficial to cope with the emotional aftermath and rebuild their lives.

Severe burns are complex injuries that can have lasting complications. With proper medical care, support and resilience, it is possible to navigate the road to recovery and embrace life after a severe burn injury.

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