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Temperature Regulation In Burned Patients

The skin plays an important role in body temperature regulation, see regulation of body temperature. In deep second degree and in third degree burns, the sweat glands will be destroyed and will not be replaced by new ones as the skin heals. These patients will often have difficulty in humid and hot situations (because of the destruction of sweat glands which play a role in regulating the body temperature).

These patients have to be careful and avoid certain exercise, activities or working conditions that might lead to heat stroke (heat stroke is an abnormally increased body temperature with accompanying physical and neurological symptoms). They are susceptible to heat stroke because the sweat glands are destroyed.

People with Partial thickness skin grafts may not fully recover sweat glands; this may cause problems with temperature regulation as well.

This information is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice; it should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Call 911 for all medical emergencies.

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