Here’s What Happens To Your Skin When You Survive A Lightning Strike

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  1. 1 The odds of getting struck by lightning in any given year are about 1 in 300,000


  2. 2 Here’s What Happens To Your Skin When You Survive A Lightning Strike The electrical discharge scars some people with a tattoo-like mark, known as the Lichtenberg figure. ShareShare on Twitter As the lightning moves toward the surface of the body, it can force red blood cells out of your capillaries, into your epidermis. Like a bruise. These scars are the earlier mentioned Lichtenberg figures. The insane temperatures can also heat up any metal you’re wearing, causing third-degree burns. Or rapidly vaporize the sweat or rain on your skin. Sometimes, this steam explosion even blows off people’s clothes or shoes, leaving them nearly naked. Scroll down to meet some of the people that survived this crazy experience! The odds of getting struck by lightning in any given year are about 1 in 300,000 via: unknown And although roughly 90% of those struck survive, the electrical discharge scars some of them with a tattoo-like mark


  3. 3 It is known as the Lichtenberg figure


  4. 4 But that’s not all


  5. 5 A lightning bolt can heat the surrounding air to 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit (27,760 degrees Celsius)


  6. 6 This is five times hotter than the sun


  7. 7 As the lightning moves toward the surface of the body, it can force red blood cells out of your capillaries, into your epidermis. Like a bruise. These scars are the earlier mentioned Lichtenberg figures. The insane temperatures can also heat up any metal you’re wearing, causing third-degree burns. Or rapidly vaporize the sweat or rain on your skin. Sometimes, this steam explosion even blows off people’s clothes or shoes, leaving them nearly naked. Scroll down to meet some of the people that survived this crazy experience! The odds of getting struck by lightning in any given year are about 1 in 300,000 via: unknown And although roughly 90% of those struck survive, the electrical discharge scars some of them with a tattoo-like mark via: unknown It is known as the Lichtenberg figure via: whampbeef But that’s not all via: unknown A lightning bolt can heat the surrounding air to 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit (27,760 degrees Celsius) via: unknown This is five times hotter than the sun via: unknown It also can contain 300,000 – 1,000,000 volts of energy


  8. 8 When this amount of energy enters your body, it short-circuits the small electrical signals that run the heart, lungs, and nervous system


  9. 9 This can lead to cardiac arrest, seizures, brain injury, spinal cord damage, and amnesia


  10. 10 The blistering heat, light, and electricity can also damage your eyes


  11. 11 For example, it can bore holes in your retina and cause cataracts (cloudings of the lenses)


  12. 12 Unfortunately for men, lightning can also induce impotence and decrease libido in general


  13. 13 The Lichtenberg figures are the results of the lightning moving toward the surface of the body


  14. 14 When it forces the red blood cells out of your capillaries


  15. 15 A man called Winston Kemp was struck by lightning back in 2011


  16. 16 Ironically, the man is an electrician


  17. 17 “I went outside to save my pumpkins. After that, I was going back inside”


  18. 18 “I just know it struck in our neighbor’s backyard, and it was bright and loud. I didn’t feel anything”


  19. 19 “I just came back inside like nothing was wrong. Umm…my arm was sore. <…> [It was] maybe an hour before I saw the marks”


  20. 20 “A few hours after it happened it really started to bother me. The next day it was bad. The blisters started forming; they were really big” They kept on growing for a week!


  21. 21 Lightning strikes the United States about 25 million times a year


  22. 22 And they can also engrave fields of grass


  23. 23 So golf courses can really highlight these Lichtenberg figures


  24. 24 Which are named after the German physicist Georg Christoph Lichtenberg who originally discovered and studied them


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