A severe burn can be a seriously
devastating injury, both physically and emotionally. It can affect the burn victim and
his or her family. People with severe burns may be left with a loss of certain physical
abilities. These may include loss of limb(s), disfigurement, loss of mobility, scarring,
and recurrent infections. Severe burns can also penetrate deep skin layers. This can
cause muscle or tissue damage that may affect every system of the body.
Burns can also cause emotional
problems such as depression, nightmares, or flashbacks from the traumatizing event. The
loss of a friend or family member and possessions in the fire may add grief to the
emotional impact of a burn.