Steam burn and ice burns

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Lindsey Chheng 1E
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Steam burn and ice burns

Postby Lindsey Chheng 1E » Tue Jan 28, 2020 10:40 pm

Very random question, but I'm wondering what happens regarding temperature and phase changes if an ice cube is applied to the skin immediately after a steam burn?

andrewcj 2C
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Re: Steam burn and ice burns

Postby andrewcj 2C » Wed Jan 29, 2020 9:55 am

The heat from the burned skin would be transferred to the ice cube by conduction, and the ice cube would begin to melt. However, if it were applied after the skin was already burned, there would already be tissue damage, and the ice cube wouldn't reverse the burn.

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