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Many people wonder how burns are classified. Some relevant information is as follows:
Asphyxiation/smoke inhalation (suffocation) is the leading cause of death in house fires, mobile home fires, and other fires. Before fire victims even become aware of the fire, flame consume the available oxygen and produces toxic products of combustion, including carbon monoxide hydrogen cyanide and other poisonous gases in the air. This may result in sluggish movements, increased drowsiness, loss of rational judgment, or loss of consciousness, thus preventing escape. In addition, carbon monoxide inhalation causes death in a matter of minutes.
Severe scald burns, third degree burns, and fourth degree burns can have a life long impact. Smoke inhalation may cause the lungs to be seared. This often results in the individual to suffer permanent pulmonary problems requiring medication and prolonged medical treatment. In addition, burn victims may sustain severe scarring, such as keloid scars (which have a raised rope-like appearance) and contractures (which involve the tightening of the skin tissue, muscle, and tendons, particularly around joints that limit range of movement).