Burns Can Lead to Deadly Infections


Burns can lead to deadly infections. Learn more about how to protect yourself or someone you care about.

Burns Lead to Deadly Infections

Your skin is the first line of defense against dangerous germs and bacteria. After a traumatic burn accident, this defense mechanism is damaged and your body is more susceptible to developing an infection. As your wound heals, microbes and pathogens have an open door to your bloodstream and internal organs. Your body’s healthy cells will send resources to help rehabilitate the damaged skin. As your immune system focuses its attention on the burn, infections can sneak into your body and cause serious medical complications. Doctors treat burn wound infections aggressively because these diseases are hard to kill with normal antibiotics.

Symptoms of Infection

If you received treatment for a burn, then you should pay close attention to your body until the wound heals. Seek immediate medical attention if any of the following symptoms appear:

  • Foul odor coming from the skin
  • Black debris inside the wound
  • Skin around the wound is hotter than other areas of your body
  • Murky white or yellow liquid seeps from the wound
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches

Recover Damages after a Burn Injury

If another person’s negligence causes you to suffer a burn injury, then you may be able to recover medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. Please call us if you need help. Thorp Law has extensive experience fighting for burn victims.