We’re all familiar with minor burns that are often incurred in the kitchen, caused by hot objects or liquids. These types of burns are the most common and are referred to as thermal burns. However, there are a few other types of burns as well that are not caused directly by heat. One such type of burn is friction burns.
If you’ve ever accidentally scraped your arm or a leg hard against a rough surface then you are familiar with what a friction burn feels like. These burns are often dismissed as they are minor injuries.
They are caused due to intense friction against the skin, the friction generates heat which can damage the skin tissue. Friction burns might also be referred to as skinning or chafing.
Friction burns on the skin are commonly caused due to friction from ropes, clothing or carpets. They usually affect the skin on the knees, elbows or thighs. They can also form easily on sensitive skin, such as around the genital area.