Burn type differentiation
Alternative Names: Types of burns
What is the difference between first-, second-, and third-degree burns?
- First-degree burns involve red skin, mild swelling, and some pain.
- Second-degree burns are very painful and involve red skin with blisters that may open and ooze clear fluid.
- Third-degree burns are often extremely painful. However, they may be painless if nerves have been damaged. In this type of burn, layers of skin are destroyed and skin appears brown or charred.
See burns for more information.
Reviewed By: Hebe Molmenti, M.D., Ph.D., Private Practice specializing in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Baltimore, MD. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
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