Why are burn injuries so sensitive to temperature?

Not only is your skin the important cover for your body but it’s vital to keep your core body temperature normal. With a severe burn injury, the new skin grafts may cause the skin to be extremely sensitive to both heat and cold, even to sunlight. In addition, the new skin grafts may not allow the core body temperature to reach a normal level.

That’s why people who suffer with severe burn injuries must wear warm clothes to maintain a normal body temperature in colder months and to prevent the chance of frostbite. Also use caution at all times, no matter what the temperature, by applying sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher and reapply it often to prevent further injury. Stay out of the direct sunlight if possible and wear protective clothing to keep the new skin covered.

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