Burns

Category:
Skin Injury

Prevalence:
In The US: About 486,000 receive care for burns annually

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There are three levels of burns:
  • First-degree burns affect only the outer layer of the skin. They cause pain, redness, and swelling.
  • Second-degree burns affect both the outer and underlying layer of skin. They cause pain, redness, swelling, and blistering. They are also called partial thickness burns.
  • Third-degree burns affect the deep layers of skin. They are also called full thickness burns. They cause white or blackened, burned skin. The skin may be numb.

Burns fall into two groups.

Minor burns are:
  • First degree burns anywhere on the body.
  • Second degree burns less than 2-3 inches wide
Major burns include:
  • Third-degree burns.
  • Second-degree burns more than 2-3 inches wide.
  • Second-degree burns on the hands, feet, face, groin, buttocks, or a major joint.

You can have more than one type of burn at a time.

Burns In The News

Surviving The 2007 Wildfires: After Suffering Critical Burns, Firefighter Finds A New Life

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Brave Teenage Burns Victim Who Survived Horrifying Fire is "Smiling" After Positive Reaction to Heartbreaking Photo of Injuries

Read More    published: 02/06/2017

New SkinGun treatment for burns in development at UPMC Mercy

Read More    published: 01/31/2017

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