Neural Pain Messages After a Burn
Burn injuries are among the most horrific and excruciating one can endure. As the skin is the largest organ of the body, it possesses billions of neuron receptors—or nerves as they are commonly known—that signal feelings such as temperature or pain.
When functioning as normal, these neuron receptors on the skin send signals like “too cold” or “too hot” to the brain and the individual acts appropriately: putting on or taking off a sweater, jumping in a pool, drinking some hot coffee, and so on.
Minor Burn Injuries
Normally, the pain response triggers a reflex as the affected area tries to avoid damage. In the event of a minor burn, or medically known as a first-degree burn injury, the outer layer of the skin, or the epidermis, is damaged. Burned individuals might treat the wound simply by pouring cold water over the hurt area. However, the damage is usually superficial and may leave little more than a minor scar.