What are signs of an inhalation burn injury?

Inhalation injuries are difficult to detect unless the person alerts personnel that the injury has occurred. If the person is unconscious, medics may not immediately notice an inhalation burn injury. But if the burn happened in an enclosed space, an inhalation injury should be suspected.

Signs of an inhalation injury may include burns on the person’s face or charred areas near the throat and mouth.  The burn victim may have trouble breathing and have burned facial or nasal hair and singed ear lobes. If the person can speak, there may be changes in the voice or a raspy cough. Also, the person may have lip burns with bloody saliva or mucus.

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