• Question: If skin is burnt can diseases get in?

    Asked by 2106kh to Peter, Hannah on 24 Jun 2014.
    • Photo: Hannah Tanner

      Hannah Tanner answered on 24 Jun 2014:


      Yes. Your skin is one of the main barriers that stop bacteria getting into your body. If the skin is badly burnt or cut bacteria can get in and cause an infection. Infected wounds can be a big problem in patients with bad burns.

    • Photo: Peter Elliott

      Peter Elliott answered on 24 Jun 2014:


      When your skin is burnt it can become broken and so pathogens can enter your body. You may notice that you get a fluid that oozes out from a burn if this is white in colour or has an unpleasant smell then it is a sign that you have an infection and you should see your doctor.

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