The Differences Between First, Second, and Third-Degree Burns

The Differences Between First, Second, and Third-Degree Burns 150 150 Tony Guo

The Differences Between First, Second, and Third-Degree Burns

If you’re dealing with a burn, you may wonder if it’s first, second, or third-degree. Let’s take a look at the differences between these three levels of burns, and the treatment protocol that may follow after each level.

What is a first-degree burn?
A first degree burn is the mildest form of burn injury. It’s usually red and painful but doesn’t leave any long-lasting damage to the skin. There are two types: superficial burns that affect only the outer layer of skin (epidermis) or partial thickness burns that involve both the outer layer and underlying tissues (dermis).

How are burns treated?
Treating burns starts with removing the person from the source of the burn immediately. Most first-degree burns can be treated at home by running cool water over it for 10 to 15 minutes and then applying a topical cream or ointment. For second degree burns call 911 right away as these require hospitalization.

Burn Scar Treatment
If you’ve been burned in a fire or accident, it’s important to understand the different degrees of burns and how they are treated. Even if the burn is not serious enough to require hospitalization, it’s still possible that you will need medical attention. Generally speaking, the treatment for first-, second-, and third-degree burns can be done at home with some simple ointments.

Burn Victims – Filing an Injury Claim
It’s always important to know the severity of your injury when seeking medical attention. A first-degree burn involves only the top layer of skin and will heal on its own within a week or two. A second-degree burn can be more serious because it damages not only the top layer of skin but also the second layer. The damage will take three to six weeks to heal.

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