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Scald Burns from Boiling Water Challenge Rise as Temperatures Drop

A new winter challenge circulating online is sending people to the hospital with scald burns, doctors in the U.S. say. The “boiling water challenge” has gone viral in recent weeks as a polar vortex sent temperatures plummeting to several degrees below zero throughout much of the Midwest and Northeast. People participating in the challenge throw boiling water into the air and watch it freeze. Boiling water will freeze and turn to snow in mid-air at temperatures of -5 degrees and colder. According to CNN, Chicago’s Loyola University Medical Center treated eight people for scald burns of various degrees since the ... Read More

One in Five Pediatric Scald Burns Caused by Instant Soup

More than 20 percent of pediatric scald burns in the U.S. are caused by instant soup, ramen noodle soup, and similar soup products, according to a new study presented Nov. 2 at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference. Dr. Courtney Allen, a pediatric emergency fellow at Emory University who led the research, told CNN that it’s important for parents to remember that while instant soup is quick, easy and convenient, “these are just thin containers with boiling water in them.” For the study, Dr. Allen and her fellow researchers looked at 4,500 pediatric scald burns recorded over an 11-year ... Read More

2016 National Burn Awareness Week Emphasizes Scald Burns

February 1-7 marks the 30th anniversary of National Burn Awareness Week.  This a special week devoted to promoting awareness of burn injuries, their different types and causes, and, most importantly, what can be done to prevent them. This year, special focus is given to raising awareness of burn injuries caused by scalding liquids or steam. According to the American Burn Association, liquid and steam scalding injuries have become an epidemic in the U.S.  Last year, approximately 486,000 people received burns serious enough to require medical treatment and, in many cases, hospitalization. In recent years, the proportion of scald burns to other types ... Read More