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How does the body react to a severe burn injury?

Once the body is severely burned, there is inflammation and blistering caused by fluid loss from damaged blood vessels. In traumatic injuries with severe burns, the person may go into shock because of fluid loss. To maintain blood pressure, emergency personnel will administer extra fluids and possible blood transfusions. Once the burn victim is taken to a medical facility, skin grafts will be applied to help boost healing. Also with severe burns, the chance of a bacterial infection is great because of the damage to the skin’s protective barrier. Tropical antibiotic creams are used along with oral or IV antibiotics to manage the bacterial infection.

After a severe burn, the body goes in a state of shock. (Shock is a life-threatening condition that starves your body of proper blood flow and oxygen.) You will need care at a hospital with special IVs and large amounts of fluid.

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