Some science behind the scenes

Infection from wounds

Infection is a major complication of any wound. Infection is linked to ‘impaired resistance from disruption of the skin's mechanical integrity’. Generally speaking, the body itself attempts to protect and seal the area burnt by creating a temporary barrier called ‘eschar’ -  we would know this as a scab. But this takes time as does the creation of new skin underneath the scab.  In the meantime, the open wound -  moist, warm and protein rich is a haven for  microbial growth. Migration of immune cells is hampered by the damage done which makes it even more prone to infection from bacteria.  And infection leads to fever and hyperthermia.