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Electrical burns may be caused by a number of sources of electricity. Examples include lightning, stun guns, and contact with job site or household current.
Minor electrical skin burns are treated like any other minor burn. Put a cool wet cloth on the area. Do not break any blisters. After you gently clean the skin, put a bandage on the area. If you have any questions about how severe the burn is, contact a health care provider.
A person who has been injured by contact with electricity should be seen by a health care provider. The damage may be worse than it looks from the burn on the skin. Sometimes an electrical injury can cause damage to skin, muscles, blood vessels and nerves, often in an arm or a leg. The heart, brain and other body organs can be damaged.
Call 911 or your local emergency number if the injured person experiences:
Take these actions immediately while waiting for medical help:
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