shocks that do not result in any symptoms or burns of the skin do not require
care. For any high-voltage shock, or for any shock resulting in burns, seek
care at a hospital's emergency department. A doctor should evaluate electric
cord burns to the mouth of a child.
Shocks that do not travel through the body
cavities, such as across the thumb and a finger, often do not require
treatment. In general, the amount of current delivered to the tissue is what
causes the damage.
Treatment depends on the severity of the
burns or the nature of other injuries found.
- Burns are treated
according to severity.
- Minor burns may be
treated with topical antibiotic ointment and dressings.
- More severe burns
may require surgery to clean the wounds or even skin grafting.
- Severe burns on the
arms, legs, or hands may require surgery to remove damaged muscle or even
- Other injuries may
- Eye injuries may
require examination and treatment by an ophthalmologist, an eye specialist.
- Broken bones
require splinting, casting, or surgery to stabilize the bones.
- Internal injuries
may require observation or surgery.
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