Dr. Brian Dursteler, chairman of the emergency department at West Valley Hospital in Goodyear, also is cognizant of the results of fireworks injuries.
"Forty percent of all people injured by fireworks are children," he
said."And 10 percent of those children injured will have permanent injuries."
Such injuries probably are more prevalent than that, he
added, the full extent not being reported.And they're not just burns.
"Twenty percent of fireworks injuries are to the eyes," Dursteler
said."And hearing loss as well."
"For very simple burns, where there's some redness to the skin, it's typically an anti-inflammatory pain reliever [and] keep it clean," Dursteler
said, agreeing with Wood for the treatment.
"We've even seen people put toothpaste on," Dursteler
"As long as the skin is closed and you're not allergic to it, aloe vera is a natural antistaph product as well, for a superficial burn that you want to help cool that doesn't cover a large area of the body, absolutely," Dursteler
said."Any burn that involves the face, the genitalia, the hands, the eyes, anything significant like that, no matter what degree, you obviously would want a doctor to evaluate that."
If a person sustains burns over a large area of the body, cold compresses are to be avoided, both Dursteler
and Wood said.
Burns that have no sensation or that turn white are very serious, Dursteler
"Those are deep burns; the nerves have been burned and are dead," he
As with most medical procedures, the answer to the question, "How likely will be the success of reattachment is: "It depends," Dursteler