Camping comes with its fair share of dangers, but they do not have to be lethal if you are prepared and equipped to deal with them. For my family and I, whenever we are going camping, we prepare amply for danger. For example, I carry my hunting rifle, with a day and night scope and I make sure to inform the authorities of the camping site about it. However, it is not the danger of the animals that I am most fearful of. It is the danger of fire. On TV, I have seen wildfires spreading and gobbling everything up in their way, in Australia and California. This is not something that I wish to start. This does not mean that I have not had to treat some campfire burns, for a truly have.
Now, I have done my research and I know a thing or two about burns. It can be just a light burn that nicks the outermost layer of the skin – the epidermis. It can also affect the middle layer – dermis or the innermost layer – the subcutaneous layer. Most of the time, it is the out layer that gets burned because it is the most exposed. However, the middle and inner layers can also burn. If you see white flesh exposed, look for burn treatment immediately.
Firstly, get the victim out of fire’s way. A burn can be minor, but it can turn nasty when you stay too long in the heat. To relieve pain, keep a continuous stream of cold water running on the burn. Keep doing this for about ten minutes or more and this ensures that the burn does not continue to afflict your skin. Burns can continue even after you are out of the fire.
On the skin, most burns can be halted by water. But it is also important to know what caused the burn. Is it fuel? Did the clothes catch fire? Such will enable you to treat it right.
Gauge the burn. If it is too big, make sure you find an emergency service. That way, the victim can get high-quality first aid treatment. At the campsite, it is very important that you do not try to get the stuck pieces of cloth out of the skin, or they could come out with chunks of meat. That could aggravate an already bad situation.
With burns comes the exposure of your inner muscles and tissues. This means that the area could be vulnerable to bacteria. Just cover the area with a piece of clean cloth, but make it loose enough so that it does not stick to the burned area. You ought to keep it that way until you can get proper treatment.
Take some painkillers too. Hope you remembered to pack those in the first aid kit. Take one or a couple. However, if there is pain warranting taking more than that, you should seek medical care. Even after the doctor looks at the burn and bandages you up, make sure to know the schedule of changing the bandages to prevent infection.