What is a Third-Degree Burn?
What are the Symptoms of a Third-Degree Burn?
What are the Different Causes and Types of Third-Degree Burns?
How Can a Third-Degree Burn be Treated?
How Can Third-Degree Burns be Prevented?
Third-degree burns, also referred to as full-thickness burns, severely damage all layers of the skin – oftentimes destroying them completely. As a result, third-degree burns are typically marked by leathery-white, blackened, or charred skin and can destroy nerve endings. Third-degree burns always require immediate medical attention and should never be self-treated.
Common Symptoms of third-degree burns include:
Third-degree burns heal slowly and the symptoms may take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to subside. Third-degree burns always require immediate treatment by a medical professional.
Third-Degree Electric Burns: An electrical burn is a skin reaction caused by an electric current passing through the body. In the case of third-degree electric burns, a large portion of the body is often affected. Both children and adults are prone to common exposure to third-degree electric burns, which include:
Third-Degree Thermal Burns/Scalds: Thermal burns, also known as scalds, are burns resulting from direct skin contact with hot substances or objects, including liquid, steam, fire, and more. Common causes of third-degree thermal burns/scalds include:
Third-Degree Chemical Burns: Chemical Burns, also known as caustic burns, are burns that cause skin irritation and inflammation when either the eyes or skin are exposed to an irritant, such as an acid or a base. In the case of more third-degree chemical burns, the internal organs can be affected by ingesting or swallowing a chemical. Products that often produce chemical burns if used incorrectly are:
Third-degree burns always require immediate treatment from a medical professional. Quickly dial 911 If you or someone you know experiences a third-degree burn.
Specific treatment for a third-degree must be determined by a doctor and will likely be based on:
Your doctor will also evaluate the severity of the burn, determining the specific treatment, which may include:
When the appropriate steps are taken, third-degree burns are easily avoidable. Abide by these tips to ensure that third-degree burns don’t happen to you.
Preventing Electric Burns:
Preventing Thermal Burns/Scalds:
Preventing Chemical Burns: