August 28th, 2011

healing and appearance of facial burns

So, I have a character who sustains burns to the face as the result of a magical attack. I can handwave the heat/duration of the attack (because, er, magical) but I'm wondering how the resulting injury would look a) immediately afterwards and b) about a month later.

The character in question is an 18-year-old boy. It's an invented fantasy setting, so it's not 100% simple to draw comparisons, but I'd say he looks roughly South Asian, with a fairly dark skin-tone, if that has any impact on the appearance of redness, scarring, etc.

He also doesn't get much attention paid to the injury - this is during the middle of a battle taking place in an era without modern medicine, so he pretty much has to grin and bear it. Actually, some information on the pain would be good - is it reasonable to assume that he'd be able to function immediately afterwards? He has some pressing concerns to attend to, in that his lover is about to be executed, but if it's completely unlikely that he'd be able to get up and run around, I may have to rethink.

As for the severity of the burns... this is kind of a "speed of the plot" thing, in that I need them to be severe enough to still show scarring a month later, and preferably permanently. (I realise there's the possibility of infection too but I think I'm going to have to say he got lucky, since I am pretty sure nobody wants to read a lengthy digression on infected faces)

Previous research: read through various Wiki and other articles with basic information on burns, but this mostly focused on modern healthcare procedures, which are obviously not an option here!

Crush Injury

Setting: Modern day, technology wise, but in a made-up location. (It’s kind of hard to explain without giving a lot of details about a series I’ve been working on for fifteen years.) The location is primarily based on the US, and possibly parts of Western Europe.
I have a scene where a character has gotten pinned under a pile of debris inside a building. Based on what I've been told on another forum, I've been told that this would most likely result in a crush injury.

The character is half buried under the debris, only his head and chest are uncovered. And the people that found him and are trying to get him out suspect that he is in shock, and they're certain there are injuries that aren't visible because of the way he's covered.

The ones who found him had the sense to get professional help to get him out of the building, as they suspected they might worsen his injuries if they tried to move him. (Which based on what little I've been able to understand from my research is a pretty accurate thought.) The worst of the damage is going to be the character's legs, although he also has some abdominal injuries. However, although the research I've done has been helpful in some areas, I still have a few questions.


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