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June 2018

Posted On 06/25/18

Understanding Fourth-Degree Burns

What Are Fourth-Degree Burns? Fourth-degree burns are the most severe burns and include extensive damage of the skin, muscles, and bone. These burns are most often fatal, but recent medical advances have started to make it possible to save those suffering from fourth-degree burns. These burns require immediate medical attention to ensure survival. Symptoms of a Fourth-Degree Burn A fourth-degree burn will go beyond the three layers of skin and begin to affect muscles, ligaments, and even bone. Some medical professionals will further classify these burns into fourth, fifth, and sixth-degree injuries, indicating the exact extent of the damages. Charring can occur in third-degree burns, but it is mostly one...

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Posted On 06/25/18

Understanding Third-Degree Burns (Full Thickness Burns)

What Are Third-Degree Burns? Third-degree burns damage all three layers of the skin, and are also known as full thickness burns. In some cases, a third-degree burn can even reach through the skin to muscles and bones. These burns are much more severe than first- and second-degree burns and require medical assistance. Symptoms of a Third-Degree Burn With a third-degree burn, your skin may appear to be white, brown, black, or even leathery. You will be able to see deep layers of skin damage. In some cases, bones and muscle may be visible if the burn has reached deep enough. Third-Degree Burn Pain Unlike first and second-degree burns, which are...

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Posted On 06/25/18

Understanding Second-Degree Burns

What Are Second-Degree Burns? Second-degree burns involve the top two layers of skin: the dermis and the epidermis. They are also known as partial thickness burns and often result in blistering. A second-degree burn can result in more pain, swelling, and are more severe than a first-degree burn. These burns are treatable at home, as long as the damage is not too widespread. Symptoms of a Second-Degree Burn Second-degree burns can appear in several ways. Most often, you can recognize a second-degree burn through redness of the skin and blistering due to the more extensive skin damage. Other times a second-degree burn may appear wet and shiny, or sometimes white...

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Posted On 06/25/18

Understanding First-Degree Burns

What Are First-Degree Burns? First-degree burns, also known as superficial burns, only affect the top layer of the skin. Even so, first-degree burns can affect a wide area of skin and become very painful. In general, a first-degree burn requires little to no treatment, though some cases may require you to visit a doctor. Symptoms of a First-Degree Burn First-degree burns are recognizable by redness of the skin, pain, and swelling. You should not mistake the swelling of a first-degree burn with the formation of blisters, which occurs in second-degree burns. A first-degree burn will result in a mild level of pain and swelling. Sometimes, skin may peel. They tend...

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