A burn describes damage of the skin, which is caused by any form of high temperature. For first aid it is always advised to flush the affected skin with large amount of cold and clean water for about 5-10 minutes. If case of high-grade or large-area burns, an immediate medical treatment is necessary.
A burn is a damage of skin caused by any form of high temperature. The causes can be fire, hot water, steam, electric current, sunshine, radiation, any inflammable material and anything else that can create high temperature.
According to the severity of a burn, the injury can be classified in to three different levels. Skin is categorized in three layers: the superficial layer is called epidermis, the middle layer is the dermis, and the deepest layer is called hypodermis. A first-degree burn means that the damage limited on the superficial layer of skin (epidermis). A second-degree burn means the damage not only damages the first layer of skin (epidermis), but also affects the second layer of skin (dermis). And a third-degree burn is a severe condition, which reaches into the deepest layer (hypodermis). Furthermore, in this level even the muscles, nerves and blood vessels can be damaged. After all, a burn causes mainly pain. Besides, swelling, redness and blisters occur. Possible complications are infection, cardiovascular shock due to dehydration, scars and even death.
Whenever a burn is diagnosed, the following hints should be followed: To flush injured tissue with large amount of clean and cold water for at least 5 minutes, to remove the clothes covering the affected skin, to soak the affected skin into clean and cold water, to cover the affected skin with a clean towel, and to seek immediate medical treatment. If a large area of skin is burned, it may be important to drink lots of water to avoid rapid dehydration. For mild burns with opened skin, tropical antibiotic ointment can help to avoid a further infection. However, severe burns may need intensive medical care. For example, wound cleaning, blood or fluid transfusion, removal of the dead skin and surgical replacement of the skin tissue. The development of scars can cause impairments that will make further physical and occupational therapy necessary.
Several years of work in academia, medical practice and finally commercialization make it possible to provide an end-to-end process to help users to “find the appropriate medical help based on their present symptoms”. Below you will find a short explanation, showing you which part of the platform will help you best in finding the appropriate medical support.
Proceed as follows to enter your current symptoms.
Click on the appropriate body part on the picture. Select one/multiple symptoms corresponding to your complaint.
You can also add symptoms by typing your medical complaint in the search box and selecting the best matching suggestion.
Note: Your information will be kept anonymously.
Once you have selected all applicable symptoms, click the “analyze disease pattern”-button.
Accordingly, you will get a list of possible diseases and matching doctor categories who can further help you.
You can inform yourself about the possible diseases by reading the related information. But you can also return to the previous step and add more symptoms or delete already added ones to further narrow down your disease pattern.
Click on the desired doctor category to find a doctor who can help you.
If you are logged in with your profile, you will be displayed the appropriate doctors in your area. Otherwise you can enter an address in the “address” field and you will be displayed a doctor’s list around that specified address.
You will receive further information about the displayed doctors when you press on “details”.
Online bookable doctors in your area will be indicated with the notation “Book appointment” or “Book externally”, additionally they will be displayed on top of the list for your convenience.
Click on “Book appointment” to start the online appointment booking process with the desired doctor.
Please select an available appointment. “Green“ appointments are booked directly. “Red“ appointments need to be confirmed by the doctor.
Enter your general personal and health information.
Enter your present medical symptoms.
Enter your mobile phone number to identify yourself and you can finalize the appointment booking.
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