What May Increase Your Risk for Problems From a Burn?
Many conditions, lifestyle choices, medicines, and diseases
interfere with your ability to heal or fight infection. You may be at risk for
a more serious problem from your symptoms if you have any of the following. Be
sure to tell your doctor.
Very young or advanced age
Babies and children age 3 and younger are
at higher risk for problems from burns because of loss of fluids from the body.
Nonaccidental burns may be a sign of child abuse.
Older adults also
may be at higher risk for problems from burns because of loss of fluids from
the body and circulation problems. Older adults are more likely to have other
health problems that may affect their ability to fight infections and recover
from a burn.
A problem or condition
present since birth (congenital defect)
Previous surgery to injured area
surgery to remove the spleen
Alcohol abuse or withdrawal
Drug abuse or
Smoking or other tobacco use
Blood-thinning medicines, such as warfarin,
heparin, and aspirin
Corticosteroids, such as prednisone
Medicines to prevent organ transplant rejection
Medicines used to treat cancer
Chronic skin disease
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura
Malnutrition or an eating disorder such
as anorexia nervosa or bulimia
Sickle cell disease
Vascular disease, such as
venous insufficiency or peripheral arterial disease
Primary Medical Reviewer
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.