Skin burns are classified as either first degree, which is the least serious, second degree, where blistering is present, and third degree, where the entire thickness of skin is damaged, including nerve endings.
For a first degree burn, the skin will turn red and you will feel enough pain that it is noticeable. A second degree burn will also have blisters, some swelling and the skin will peel. There may be oozing or weeping of the skin. A third degree burn is very severe, the skin may appear white or black depending on the amount of charring. You may not feel any pain at first since the nerves have been damaged. Related symptoms may include abdominal pain, eyes that are watery, red or cloudy, dizziness, headache, seizures, visual impairments and unconsciousness. Third degree skin burns always requires urgent medical attention and hospitalization.
Burns can, of course, be caused by touching hot things like the stove. But that isn't the only way to get a burn. They can also be caused by touching something with a live current, like an electric appliance or an electric fence. Chemicals can cause burns as well. Even the sun can cause some fairly severe sunburn.
Second degree burns may need to be seen by a medical professional. Third degree burns must be attended to by a professional to make sure infection does not set in and that there is as little damage as possible.
Always ensure the wound is clean and that there is no significant inflammation or infection.
Lavender essential oil is very effective for skin burns, and the scent can calm down the patient as well.
A good blend of essential oils is chamomile 3 drops, lavender 4 drops.